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- Quentin Tarantino said in an interview with Deadline that he made Harvey Weinstein apologizing to Uma Thurman a condition of making their 2003 film, “Kill Bill.”
- Thurman told The New York Times on Saturday that Tarantino “confronted” Weinstein over Thurman’s allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein, and that she later received a “half-assed apology” from Weinstein.
- Weinstein’s representatives told the Times that Weinstein “immediately apologized” to Thurman “after misreading her signals.”
In an interview with Deadline published Monday, Quentin Tarantino said he made Harvey Weinstein apologize to Uma Thurman for an incident that she has alleged amounted to sexual assault. Tarantino said the apology was a condition of making their 2003 film “Kill Bill,” which Weinstein produced.
Thurman told The New York Times, in an interview published this weekend, that Tarantino “confronted Harvey” over Weinstein’s alleged misconduct, and that Weinstein gave her a “half-assed apology” afterward. (Weinstein’s representatives told the Times that Weinstein “immediately apologized” to Thurman “after misreading her signals.”)
Tarantino detailed to Deadline how he confronted Weinstein after Thurman told him about the alleged assault:
“That was when I realized there was a pattern, in Harvey’s luring and pushing attacks. So I made Harvey apologize to Uma. In the Maureen Dowd [Times] article it says, that is when Quentin confronted Harvey? Well, my confrontation was saying, you have to go to Uma. This happened. You have to apologize to her and she has to accept your apology, if we’re going to do ‘Kill Bill’ together.”
The “Kill Bill” director said that Weinstein tried to “deemphasize” aspects of the incident when confronted on it:
“In this case, I wasn’t giving Harvey the benefit of the doubt. I knew he was lying, that everything Uma was saying, was the truth. When he tried to wriggle out of it, and how things actually happened, I never bought his story. I said, I don’t believe you. I believe her. And if you want to do ‘Kill Bill,’ you need to make this right.”
In the Times story Saturday, Thurman also said Tarantino made her do a dangerous car stunt in “Kill Bill” that injured her.
Tarantino told Deadline that the stunt was “the biggest regret of my life.“