Uma Thurman Reveals Details On Alleged Harvey Weinstein Assault & Rift Quentin Tarantino
Uma Thurman is providing new details of an alleged assault by Harvey Weinstein and the rift between her and director Quentin Tarantino.
In an interview with the New York Times, Thurman recounted two sexual assaults – one by an unnamed actor and another by Weinstein.
Thurman said that when she was 16 years old, living in a Manhattan studio apartment she met an actor about 20 years older than her at a club and went back to his brownstone in Greenwich Village for a nightcap. He ended up forcing her into a sexual situation.
“I was ultimately compliant, I tried to say no, I cried, I did everything I could do,” she said. “He told me the door was locked, but I never ran over and tried the knob. When I got home, I remember I stood in front of the mirror and I looked at my hands and I was so mad at them for not being bloody or bruised. Something like that tunes the dial one way or another, right? You become more compliant or less compliant, and I think I became less compliant.”
Thurman said Weinstein assaulted her after her star turn in Pulp Fiction. “I knew him pretty well before he attacked me,” she said. “He used to spend hours talking to me about material and complimenting my mind and validating me. It possibly made me overlook the warning signs. This was my champion.” She said during a meeting in his Paris hotel room things started getting strange. He put on a bathrobe. “I didn’t feel threatened, I thought he was being super idiosyncratic, like this was your kooky, eccentric uncle.” She said he had her follow him down a hall that led to a steam room. “I was standing there in my full black leather outfit – boots, pants, jacket. And it was so hot and I said, ‘This is ridiculous, what are you doing?’ And he was getting very flustered and mad and he jumped out and ran out.”
Thurman recounts how the first attack happened in London. “He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me,” she said. “He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things. But he didn’t really put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard. I was doing anything I could to get the train back on the track. My track. Not his track.”
Thurman later confronted him. “If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you,” she said. She claims that Weinstein threatened her career.
Her relationship with Tarantino was also strained. They were all working together on Kill Bill and she had told Tarantino what happened with Weinstein. He confronted Weinstein. Tarantino had Thurman do the scene where she was driving a car. She was told by a PA that the car might not be safe, but Tarantino talked her into it. “Quentin came in my trailer and didn’t like to hear no, like any director. He was furious because I’d cost them a lot of time. But I was scared,” she said. She crashed the car and her neck and knees were damaged and suffered a concussion. They had a huge fight, and she tried to see the footage of the wreck but wasn’t allowed. She finally was allowed to see it 15 years later. “Quentin finally atoned by giving it to me after 15 years right? Not that it matters now, with my permanently damaged neck and my screwed–up knees,” she said.