The incident at the Pulp Fiction moviemaker's Los Angeles home took place on 11 October (15), but it did not hit headlines until this week (beg02Nov15).

Quentin has now opened up about what happened, revealing he was stunned to see a semi-naked man in the grounds of his property, and went out into the backyard to confront him.

"I had a trespasser on my property," he tells the Los Angeles Times. "It was like one in the morning and I look in my backyard and there's someone there, looking like he's wearing swim trunks. I have a pool. But he wasn't in it. I told him to get the hell out of here... He was just trespassing. I chased him away myself...

"He went away and I called the cops. And he ended up still being outside when the cops got there, sitting in his car... They told him to get lost."

The incident took place just weeks before the director took part in an anti-police brutality rally in New York City, during which he was accused of branding cops "murderers," sparking an outcry and calls to boycott his new movie The Hateful Eight.

However, Quentin insists he has nothing but respect for the police officers who came to his aid: "I felt like they had handled it really well."