Director Quentin Tarantino has been on the receiving end of some much-needed criticism since accusations of enabling have been dropped against him after the publication of an interview with A-list star Uma Thurman.
According to the Thurman, Tarantino knew about alleged serial sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein’s behavior and he forced her to do her own stunt driving on the film “Kill Bill” after she exposed Weinstein.
Uma Thurman posted the following to Instagram on Monday:
i post this clip to memorialize it’s full exposure in the nyt by Maureen Dowd.
the circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality.
i do not believe though with malicious intent.
Quentin Tarantino, was deeply regretful and remains remorseful about this sorry event, and gave me the footage years later so i could expose it and let it see the light of day, regardless of it most likely being an event for which justice will never be possible.
he also did so with full knowledge it could cause him personal harm, and i am proud of him for doing the right thing and for his courage.
THE COVER UP after the fact is UNFORGIVABLE.
for this i hold Lawrence Bender, E. Bennett Walsh, and the notorious Harvey Weinstein solely responsible.
they lied, destroyed evidence, and continue to lie about the permanent harm they caused and then chose to suppress.
the cover up did have malicious intent, and shame on these three for all eternity.
CAA never sent anyone to Mexico.
i hope they look after other clients more respectfully if they in fact want to do the job for which they take money with any decency.
Last October, Tarantino admitted to having awareness of Weinstein’s sexual misbehavior. “I knew enough to do more than I did. There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things,” he told The New York Times. He has since given a lengthy interview explaining his side of the stunt allegation and his role in Weinstein’s alleged assault of the “Kill Bill” star.
With his name back in the spotlight, his past statements surrounding sexual assault are being reexamined. During a 2003 interview with shock jock Howard Stern, for example, Tarantino disturbingly downplayed the heinous actions of convicted rapist Roman Polanski, saying the 13-year-old victim who was drugged and raped “wanted to have it.”
Stern brought up Polanski, asking why Hollywood elites defend and embrace “this mad man, this director who raped a 13-year-old.”
“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape,” said Tarantino, “he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down—it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.”
Co-host Robin Quivers chimed in to remind the director that the girl was given quaaludes and alcohol before Polanski had sex with her. Here’s the horrifying transcript, via Jezebel:
Tarantino: No, that was not the case AT ALL. She wanted to have it and dated the guy and—
Quivers: She was 13!
Tarantino: And by the way, we’re talking about America’s morals, not talking about the morals in Europe and everything.
Stern: Wait a minute. If you have sex with a 13-year-old girl and you’re a grown man, you know that that’s wrong.
Quivers: …giving her booze and pills…
Tarantino: Look, she was down with this.
Tarantino is not alone in his warm feelings of Polanski. Meryl Streep, for example, who’s ironically a prominent figures in the anti-sexual assault #MeToo movement, gave Polanski a standing ovation at the 2003 Academy Awards. Additionally, feminist Natalie Portman signed a petition asking for Polanski to be pardoned for his grave offense. She, too, is a proud #MeToo and Time’s Up supporter.
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