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Quentin Tarantino under fire for defending Roman Polanski: 'That's not rape'

07 February 2018

Director Quentin Tarantino has responded to Uma Thurman's allegation that he put her life in danger with a unsafe auto stunt on "Kill Bill", calling the incident "the biggest regret of my life".

"I am guilty, for putting her in that auto, but not the way that people are saying I am guilty of it", Tarantino told Deadline, claiming that nobody in the filming team that day considered the drive a stunt. However, the Oscar victor defended that he never considered Uma driving the vehicle a stunt, which is why he "rolled [his] eyes and was irritated" with Thurman's fear. Maybe we should have, but we didn't. "But I'm sure I wasn't in a rage and I wasn't livid", he added.

Tarantino said he was unaware that Miramax had not given Thurman access to the footage, and when she reached out to him this year for a copy, he found it in a storage facility.

He said: " I told her it would be OK. "I would never react to her this way". "And it wasn't. I was wrong", he said.

However, Thurman's vehicle crash was just one of a few that proved to be problematic for their friendship. She got into it because she trusted me. "And she believed me".

In a resurfaced 2013 interview, the "Pulp Fiction" director was heard telling radio host Howard Stern that disgraced filmmaker Roman Polanski's abuse of a 13-year-old girl didn't constitute rape because "she wanted to have it".

In the audio from the Howard Stern show, Tarantino claims that what Polanski did wasn't "rape" but "sex with a minor" (which is, by definition of the law, rape - both in America and all of Europe).

Tarantino argued that the term "rape" was not appropriate for Polanski's situation, and he would better characterize it as "sex with a minor". That's not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you're talking about violent, throwing them down-it's like one of the most violent crimes in the world. It just doesn't apply to everything people use it for. "I stand with you", she continued. She had been denied it, from Harvey Weinstein [who produced Kill Bill], being able to even see the footage.

According to Tarantino, Sorvino had already told him of her experiences with Weinstein when Thurman informed him of similar sexual behavior towards her.

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Tarantino has not addressed his 2003 statements, but it's safe to say he's going to have a hard time talking his way out of this one. If you notice, all that choking and spitting stuff is not in quotes from Uma. When he tried to wriggle out of it, and how things actually happened, I never bought his story. I didn't go barging into Uma's trailer, screaming at her to get into the auto.

"As a director, you learn things and sometimes you learn them through horrendous mistakes". The footage from the crash, which Thurman said took almost 15 years to get a hold of, was included in the Times piece. He said, "It wasn't like we didn't talk. But a trust was broken", he admitted.

Thurman has since posted the video of the auto crash on Instagram, writing that she does not believe Tarantino had withheld it maliciously and they are now on good terms. She also accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her.

"There was an element of closure", he said. I knew they weren't letting her see the footage, but I didn't know she thought I was part of that.

And Tarantino replied, saying, "Look, she was down with this".

"She's flying along, and she thinks it's a straight road and as far as she can see, it is a straight road out her windshield".

Tarantino has been at the center of controversy lately after allegations surfaced claiming that he carelessly put Uma Thurman's life in danger on the set of Kill Bill.

"The Inglourious Basterds "choking scene" that Kruger is referring to is one in which her character, Bridget von Hammersmark, was strangled to death by Christoph Waltz's character, Col. Hans Landa". "I've got to kind of commit to doing this to you".

"Look, she was down with it". "Consequently, I realize. that is a real thing". "And, through mostly Maureen Dowd's prose, I ended up taking the hit and taking the heat".

Quentin Tarantino under fire for defending Roman Polanski: 'That's not rape'