March 23, 2018

Quentin Tarantino responds to Uma Thurman allegations

07 February 2018, 01:10 | Clyde Nash

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In short, Tarantino said in a recently unearthed 2003 radio interview with Howard Stern that not only was Polanski not at fault, but that the 13-year-old girl "wanted to have it", among other things.

"He didn't rape a 13-year-old, it was statutory rape... It was statutory rape, that's not quite the same thing". That's not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you're talking about violent, throwing them down. "It's like throwing the word 'racist" around. "It doesn't apply to everything that people use it for".

She continued: "THE COVER UP after the fact is UNFORGIVABLE". To which Tarantino replied, "And by the way, we're talking about America's morals, not talking about the morals in Europe and everything".

"It was heartbreaking", Tarantino said.

ET has reached out to reps for Howard Stern and Tarantino.

"She wanted to have it,"Tarantino claims, calling the rape survivor a "13-year-old party girl" who "was down to party with Roman". QT also said what he's said for months now, that he knew long ago just how gross Harvey was, and that he made Harvey apologize to Uma after learning of what happened between them.

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"F**k this guy. F**k anyone who works with him". I'm embarrassed that I ever auditioned for him.

Tarantino, speaking with Deadline, also elaborated further on the on-set Kill Bill auto crash involving Thurman. "This business sucks and enables predators and FUCKING ENOUGH".

You can listen to the interview here.

Thurman accused the writer and director - known for his ultra-violent films, including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Death Proof and the two Kill Bill films - of bullying her during filming into driving an unsafe vehicle that then crashed, calling the incident "dehumanisation to the point of death ".

The incident involving Thurman became public on Saturday, in a New York Times column in which the actress recounted Tarantino's persuading her to drive a auto on the Mexico set that she had been warned might be faulty. Tarantino DID concede that he didn't take the same route as Thurman, which is how he missed the risky S-curve that caused the crash.

"I am guilty, for putting her in that auto, but not the way that people are saying I am guilty of it", the director said in an interview with Deadline on Monday. "I believe her. And if you want to do Kill Bill, you need to make this right". "That was one of my most horrendous mistakes, that I didn't take the time to run the road, one more time".

Thurman says that in "Kill Bill", Tarantino had done the honors with some of the sadistic flourishes himself, spitting in her face in the scene where Michael Madsen is seen on screen doing it and choking her with a chain in the scene where a teenager named Gogo is on screen doing it. Thurman - after alleging that the studio refused to provide her lawyer with the crash footage - has since praised the director for digging it out. "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". "For this I hold Lawrence Bender, E. Bennett Walsh, and the notorious Harvey Weinstein exclusively responsible". I had been through so many rings of fire by that point.

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