Uma Thurman has revealed she was assaulted by disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.After months of saying she would reveal her sexual harasser, Uma Thurman has detailed how Harvey Weinstein forced himself on her in a London hotel.
She has also described how working with Quentin Tarantino on Kill Bill extracted its own form of non-sexual abuse that left her injured and irate.
In a New York Times article by Maureen Dowd, Thurman said she holds her CAA agents responsible. She tells how, after the success of Pulp Fiction, “the bathrobe came out” when Weinstein asked her to meet him at his Paris hotel and then led her to the steam room, which she quickly exited.
Not long after, she met him at the Savoy Hotel in London, where she alleges, “He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things. But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me.”
A rep for Weinstein has responded that her claims about being physically assaulted are “untrue”.
Thurman returned to the hotel soon after and threatened to expose what he had done, but, she recounted, Weinstein said he would derail her career, leaving her shaken and upset.
Weinstein confirmed to the New York Times that he had apologised to Thurman at the time for what called “misreading her signals”.
CAA apologised recently to clients who were “let down”.
Thurman also described how working with Tarantino on Kill Bill left her feeling devastated after a dangerous stunt driving scene Tarantino asked that she do with no stuntperson. She said the seat wasn’t screwed down properly when the car drifted off the road and smashed into a palm tree.
Weinstein’s rep issued a statement, enclosing a number of photos they said “demonstrated the strong relationship” between Weinstein and Thurman.
“Mr Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologised and deeply regrets. However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue. And this is the first time we have heard those details.
There was no physical contact during Mr Weinstein’s awkward pass and Mr. Weinstein is saddened and puzzled as to “why” Ms Thurman, someone he considers a colleague and a friend, waited 25 years to make these allegations.