The strange case of Harvey Weinstein keeps getting stranger. Over the weekend Uma Thurman, who starred in Weinstein and Miramax’s Pulp Fiction, opened up to the NY Times regarding a sexual assault by Weinstein, prior to her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill film. It’s a blunt and gripping article about abuse of power and Hollywood’s history of mistreating women.
In this NY Times piece, Thurman contends that Tarantino knew of the prior sexual assault, but initially dismissed it. However, after a rebuke by Thurman, Tarantino later confronted Weinstein about the attack. Thurman states that the confrontation led to a hostile — and nearly deadly — working environment during Kill Bill‘s production.
Toward the end of shooting, Thurman was asked to perform a dangerous driving stunt in a custom-built car. She told Tarantino that she didn’t want to do it; she was scared. He talked her into doing it, but Thurman felt pressured. The stunt resulted in a serious crash — at roughly 40 miles-per-hour — which you can see below in Thurman’s Instragram post. It’s amazing that she walked away.
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.
However, Thurman doesn’t blame Tarantino. In her Instagram post she says:
“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… 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.”
Thurman states that after the accident a cover-up was conducted by studio executives, and that’s where her real anger is directed. She blames her own agency (CAA), producer Lawrence Bender, executive producer E. Bennett Walsh, and Weinstein for supressing the facts. It’s yet another ugly tale in the ongoing saga of Harvey Weinstein.
If there’s any kind of silver lining here, it’s that Tarantino stood up for Thurman more than once, and that Thurman remains his friend and ally. It will be years before all of the horrors of the Weinstein case fade away — for some, the wounds are permanent — but we need to know that there are those in Hollywood who did something, who took a stand, and tried to fight back.
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