Embattled director Quentin Tarantino called the Los Angeles Police Department for assistance two weeks before marching in an anti-police rally in New York City, according to a new report.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Tarantino or a member of his staff called police out to his home on the afternoon of October 11 to report a suspicious individual loitering in his backyard. Tarantino had reportedly asked the individual to leave and called police after he refused.
Police reportedly arrived in minutes and convinced the individual to leave without incident.
Thirteen days later, Tarantino participated in the RiseUpOctober anti-police rally in New York City, where he told demonstrators: “When I see murders, I do not stand by… I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”
An LAPD source told TMZ that the sentiment around the department is that Tarantino is “an ass, but [they] will still respond to calls for service at his home in a professional and timely manner.”
Backlash against Tarantino exploded in the wake of the director’s comments, with police unions nationwide calling for a total boycott of his work, including a boycott of his upcoming film The Hateful Eight.
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, Tarantino said he was “misrepresented” and reiterated that what he said at the rally “was the truth.”