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Uma Thurman Details Alleged Harvey Weinstein Assault & Bad Blood With Quentin Tarantino

Uma Thurman Details Alleged Harvey Weinstein Assault & Bad Blood With Quentin Tarantino

Uma Thurman Details Alleged Harvey Weinstein Assault & Bad Blood With Quentin Tarantino
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The actress has finally spoken out about her painful history with the men behind Kill Bill.

When the Harvey Weinstein scandal first broke this fall, many were sure that Uma Thurman had a story to tell. As the star of Pulp Fiction, the film that put Weinstein on the map, there was little to no chance that Thurman had not had some kind of negative encounter with Weinstein. She confined this in an emotional interview on the red carpet for The Parisian Woman, saying that she was "waiting to feel less angry," and that when she was ready she would tell her story.

Well, she's still pretty angry.

In an explosive interview with the New York Times, Thurman details not only two alleged assaults by Weinstein, but a car crash on the set of Kill Bill that led to a breakdown in her relationship with Quentin Tarantino, the director who has on many occasions called Thurman his muse.

Thurman describes the first attack, which took place 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. But he didn't actually put his back into it and force me. 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."

Following the assault, Thurman was coerced by Weinstein's assistants into meeting with him privately again. While her memory of the encounter is blank, she seems to allude to another assault taking place.

In the interview, Thurman also opens up for the first time about a car crash that occurred while shooting Kill Bill. When learning that a car she was meant to drive had been having mechanical issue, Thurman pleaded with Tarantino to have a stunt double drive for her, but he insisted. The car crashed, leaving Thurman with a "permanently damaged neck" and "screwed-up knees." Despite repeatedly insisting she be given footage of the crash, Tarantino and Miramax, Weinstein's production company, refused unless she sign away the right to hold them responsible for "any consequences of [her] future pain and suffering." She refused, and it is only now that the footage has been released. It's available to view on the Times' website, and it's terrifying.

"Personally, it has taken me 47 years to stop calling people who are mean to you 'in love' with you," Thurman tells the Times. "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."

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