Brad Pitt has likened the Harvey Weinstein scandal to that of the Charles Manson murders.
Pitt currently stars in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” which takes place in 1969, the same year of the murders and features Sharon Tate, who was one of the many people killed.
Pitt and his co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, sat down with The Sunday Times where they discussed their movie and how the murders affected Hollywood at the time.
“When my parents described it,” DiCaprio recalled, “it was as the end of this idealised revolution. My parents are still hippies, but it was the loss of this dream. As Quentin describes, you sort of portray this utopia, but there is a mildew around the canvas that brought the darkness of humanity into play and ended a lot of my parents’ hopes for how they could infuse that ‘love and peace’ ideology into the rest of the world.”
“It all sort of crashed, and ended so much that some talk of it as a conspiracy. It was the total end of an era — immediately,” the “Titanic” star added.
The duo was then asked if anything else has ever shaken Hollywood the same way.
“Harvey Weinstein,” Pitt responded.
“Is that bad taste?” the “Fight Club” actor continued. “It’s more that I think we’re getting recalibrated. But [this time] in a good way.”
Over 80 women have alleged sexual misconduct by Weinstein, including two of Pitt’s past partners– Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Paltrow reportedly told Pitt, who was her fiancé at the time, where Pitt then confronted the producer.
Weinstein will go on trial for charges of rape on Sept. 19.