Weinstein considers legal action against Thurman

Weinstein considers legal action against Thurman

Darren Sullivan
February 4, 2018

Thurman also leveled accusations against her Pulp Fiction director, Quentin Tarantino, stating he pressured her against her will to operate an unstable vehicle on the set of Kill Bill, resulting in an accident and permanent injury.

Thurman finally told her story to The New York Times in a devastating account published Saturday. "Since accusations first came out against him in October 2017, the Pulp Fiction actress has been grappling with her own experiences of Weinstein attempting "to shove himself" on her, and trying to expose himself".

Thurman said she took a friend with her to confront Weinstein not long after.

"She was really shaking", Herman said, adding that Thurman told her that Weinstein had threatened to end her career.

From there, Thurman says, she saw Weinstein as an enemy.

The mother of three also detailed another occasion that occurred weeks earlier in a Paris hotel room where - during an argument over scripts - the producer donned a bathrobe and had the actress follow him to a steam room. "It possibly made me overlook warning signs", she explained about Weinstein's demeanor, before he made his first sexual advance in a Parisian hotel room. Tarantino told her that she'd be driving the film's famous blue convertible down a sandy road herself, but Thurman believed the vehicle was unsafe and wanted a professional stunt person to do it. Tarantino assured her that the auto was safe, and Thurman agreed to do the driving herself. "The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I feel about all the women that were attacked after I was", she said.

"Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making a pass at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals in Paris", a statement from Weinstein's spokesperson says.

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"Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me", Thurman said of a Pulp Fiction stunt that saw her slam a auto into a tree, landing her in the hospital. The incident ended in a crash, which left her with a "permanently damaged neck" and "screwed-up knees".

A representative for Weinstein denied physically assaulting Thurman and said the producer never threatened Thurman's career. In 2001, she was at Cannes and about to make Kill Bill. He tried to shove himself on me.

After the alleged incident, Thurman said she went back to Weinstein to try and clear things up.

"He did all kinds of unpleasant things", she said. And it was so hot and I said, 'This is ridiculous, what are you doing?' Their working relationship shifted dramatically since the crash, with the director keeping the footage of the incident from her for 15 years, until the #MeToo movement provided her with the inspiration to seek police action on her own. She recalls, "The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me..." Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me. So I've been waiting to feel less angry.

We encourage you to read the whole interview, because there is a lot of nuance and also a bit about how Uma's dad thinks she is a reincarnated goddess, which I now agree with.

"Personally", the actress said, "it has taken me 47 years to stop calling people who are mean to you "in love" with you".