The Oscar winner unveiled Western movie The Hateful Eight at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on Monday night (14Dec15) but he had an awkward encounter with a female fan ahead of the screening, according to the New York Daily News.

Editors at the publication report that while Tarantino was enjoying a drink in the lobby prior to the premiere, a woman leaned over and tried to take a photo of him but the filmmaker snapped.

As shocked onlookers watched, he allegedly told the fan, "No! No! I don't like that honey. No, I won't be in your selfie... This is my movie and my theatre. Not tonight, not now. No. That's like asking someone in church. It's not right. No."

Tarantino also used the premiere to address his recent controversial comments on police brutality - which sparked a storm of complaints from officers' unions and calls for a boycott of The Hateful Eight - insisting he stands by his remarks.

He told the New York Daily News he was glad his comments had highlighted the debate on police treatment of suspects, saying, "I didn't do anything except shed some light on something that a lot of people started talking about. I'm very proud of that. Maybe we can do even more and, basically, stop all this killing."