Director Kevin Smith Pledges Money Made From Past Partnership With Harvey Weinstein To Women In Film

“Feels like a start.”

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal shaking Hollywood to its core, many men in the industry are waking up to the reality many women have been facing for a long time. In response, Kevin Smith — who began working with the movie mogul with 1994's Clerks — promised to donate all future residuals from projects Weinstein touched to Women in Film.

"My entire career is tied up with the man," Smith said during the most recent episode of the Hollywood Babble-On podcast, via The Wrap. "It's been a weird fucking week. I just wanted to make some fucking movies, that's it. That's why I came, that's why I made Clerks. And no fucking movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, fuck it, take it. It's wrapped up in something really fucking horrible."

With Clerks — as well as a slew of movies that followed — Smith began a successful relationship with Weinstein's companies, both Miramax and the eponymous The Weinstein Company. Smith is clearly in a raw emotional state given the serious allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against Weinstein, someone who helped jumpstart his career.

"I'm not looking for sympathy. I know it's not my fault, but I didn't fucking help. Because I sat out there talking about this man like he was my hero, like he was my friend, like he was my father and shit like that, and he changed my fucking life," Smith added. "And I showed other people like, 'You can dream, and you can make stuff, and this man will put it out.' I was signing praises of somebody that I didn't fucking know. I didn't know the man that they keep talking about in the press. Clearly he exists, but that man never showed himself to me. It all hurts and it didn't happen to me, but it all hurts."

Ever since the Weinstein news broke, women have been banding together to boycott Twitter or to use a hashtag to let each other know they aren't alone and that they won't stand for this any longer. Men, on the other hand, have come forward with their own stories of experiencing sexual violence or asking what they can do to help. Smith, it seems, has figured out one good way.

"I had a dream and I made it, and I presented it to somebody, and they didn't make me do something fucking horrible," Smith continued. "So I feel like there are so many people that we know of now, and maybe even more, that were made to do horrible things to make their dreams come true and maybe didn't even get to touch the dreams; this fucking dude chased them away."

In what he deems "feels like a start," Smith will be funnelling any of his future money made from any project Weinstein had a hand in making directly to Women in Film, a nonprofit founded in 1973 which advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screening industries in the hopes of achieving parity and transforming culture. And, should those dividends stop rolling in, he will give $2,000 each month to the organization.

"He came to this on his own," a spokesperson for Women in Film told The Hollywood Reporter via email, noting that they didn't know about the planned donation and that the two parties will discuss specifics together.

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