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Quentin Tarantino defends controversial statements: 'I'm not a cop hater'

The celebrated director is stirring up controversy off the big screen.
/ Source: TODAY

Quentin Tarantino has not been making friends of the police lately.

The two-time Oscar-winning writer and director of films like "Pulp Fiction" and the upcoming "The Hateful Eight" has told the Los Angeles Timers he will not back down over statements he made at a "Rise Up October" rally in New York that some have interpreted as labeling policemen and women "murderers."

"I'm not a cop hater. That is a misrepresentation. That is slanderous," he told the paper.

He added, "All cops are not murderers. I never said that. I never even implied that."

At the rally, Tarantino had said, "When I see murder, I cannot stand by. And I have to call the murdered the murdered, and I have to call the murderers the murderers."

Quentin Tarantino: My words about police brutality are being twisted
Quentin Tarantino at a rally against police brutality.AFP - Getty Images

Since then, several police unions have called for a boycott of his new film; unions in New York, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Orange County, California have all joined in the backlash.

"The bottom line is he said what he said, he's trying to hide behind it now, he's not coming forward and changing his opinions so we're just gonna [be] steadfast and disrupt his movie the best we can," Lt. Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League told TODAY.

But Tarantino is not without support. Jamie Foxx, who starred in Tarantino's "Django Unchained," defended the director at an awards show over the weekend.

"Quentin Tarantino, you are a boss, you are absolutely amazing, keep speaking the truth, and keep telling the truth, and don't worry about none of the haters," he said.

"The Hateful Eight" opens in theaters on Dec. 25.

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