Since the first allegations broke out last year, multiple women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, and rape. Uma Thurman, star of Weinstein-produced “Kill Bill” and “Pulp Fiction”, said last year she would come forward about her experiences with Weinstein when she was ready. We knew she was angry, and now she’s ready to tell us why.
H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G I am grateful today, to be alive, for all those I love, and for all those who have the courage to stand up for others. I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face. I feel it’s important to take your time, be fair, be exact, so… Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet) -stay tuned Uma Thurman
“The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I feel about all the women that were attacked after I was,” she told The New York Times in a lengthy interview. She feels that she is one of the reasons a young girl would go through the same things she did.
Thurman also pointed out that her former Agency, Creative Arts Agency, was connected to Weinstein’s predatory behavior and patterns.
In her case, things got bad one night at a meeting in a Paris hotel room. Weinstein came out in a bathrobe, which Thurman initially did not see as threatening. “I thought he was being super idiosyncratic, like this was your kooky, eccentric uncle.” He led her down a hallway so they could “keep talking” and walked into a steam room. Thurman called him out as ridiculous and he got flustered and left.
The first attack came soon after in London. “It was such a bat to the head. He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things,” she recalls. “You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard. I was doing anything I could to get the train back on the track. My track. Not his track.”
After that, he sent her a bunch of roses and she returned to confront him. After his assistants convinced her to talk to him privately, she warned him: “If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you.” Her account of the incident stops there, but her friend Ilona Hermann, whom she was staying with, says Thurman confessed he had threatened to derail her career.
Though she was in the middle of a run of Miramax projects, she says she privately regarded Weinstein as an enemy after that. She could tolerate him in supervised environments, since she assumed she had “aged out” of his assault range.
Her interview also talks about how her relationship to Quentin Tarantino turned difficult during that time. Thurman recalled an experience during the last days of filming for “Kill Bill”. Tarantino insisted that she drive a car for a scene Thurman felt was better suited for a stuntsperson. He insisted, she did it, and crashed during filming: “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.”
“Harvey assaulted me but that didn’t kill me,” she says. “What really got me about the crash was that it was a cheap shot.” The crash ultimately led to a crumbling of her relationship with Tarantino.
She finishes her account talking about learning the difference between someone being mean to her and loving her. “It took a long time because I think that as little girls we are conditioned to believe that cruelty and love somehow have a connection and that is like the sort of era that we need to evolve out of.”