Hollywood A-list actress Uma Thurman has accused embattled mega-producer Harvey Weinstein of a series of sexual assaults, beginning after she met Weinstein on the set of Quentin Tarantino's hit, "Pulp Fiction."
In a shocking interview with The New York Times, Thurman claims that after meeting Weinstein in a hotel room, he “pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things.”
The incident was so bad, Thurman tried to confront the producer, meeting him a second time. But she says that as soon as she met him, she became confounded and “her memory of the incident abruptly stops there." Friends say she returned from the meeting "disheveled," and "so upset" with a "blank look."
As with other allegations leveled against him, Weinstein claimed, through his attorney, that he did not assault Thurman, but admitted to making an “awkward pass." He also, in a bizarre turn, suggested that Thurman could be fabricating her account because she waited months before detailing her experience in the media.
Thurman actually responded to Weinstein's allegations saying that she was “waiting to feel less angry,” and that while she “privately regarded Weinstein as an enemy after that," the producer had “a choke-hold on the type of films and directors that were right for me" — a problem that many of Weinstein's high-profile accusers seem to have encountered.
But Thurman didn't stop at merely accusing Weinstein, she also hit out at Tarantino, questioning what she believes is his dangerous and occasionally humiliating approach to directing.
“Quentin came in my trailer and didn’t like to hear no, like any director,” she said about a stunt Tarantino ordered in "Kill Bill." “He was furious because I’d cost them a lot of time. But I was scared. He said, ‘I promise you the car is fine. It’s a straight piece of road.’ Hit 40 miles per hour or your hair won’t blow the right way and I’ll make you do it again.’ But that was a deathbox that I was in. The seat wasn’t screwed down properly. It was a sand road and it was not a straight road.”
Thurman ended up getting into an accident, badly injuring her neck and legs. When she tried to contact Miramax and Weinstein — who had bankrolled "Kill Bill" — she claims they told her she'd have to sign a waiver and 'keep quiet" just to see footage of her accident.
Tarantino has not yet responded, but did say late last year that he had an inkling of Weinstein's behavior, claiming that he "knew enough to do more than I did."