5 New Details About Uma Thurman's #MeToo Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein And Quentin Tarantino

Photo: Getty
Quentin tarantino Harvey Weinstein uma Thurman
Buzz

Uma Thurman spoke to the New York Times about her time working with the two Hollywood moguls.

As the #MeToo movement blasted Hollywood like a runaway train filled with newly empowered women, one of the main targets was Harvey Weinstein. The film producer seemed to have been the catalyst that started the revelations about sexual harassment, assault, and rape in the entertainment industry. 

During the premiere of the Broadway play, The Parisian Woman in October of 2017, Uma Thurman walked the red carpet and was asked if she had any comments regarding what was happening. Her anger was palpable. You can see the clip here:

"… When I’ve spoken in anger I usually regret the way I express myself so I’ve been waiting to feel less angry. And when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say."

In an article published February 3, Uma Thurman opened up to Maureen Dowd of the New York Times about that anger; anger towards Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino, the screenwriter and director of the successful Kill Bill franchise.

Here are 5 new details and accusations we learned in Uma Thurman's interview:

1. Things first went sour in a Paris hotel room between Uma Thurman and Harvey Weinstein.


Uma Thurman and Harvey Weinstein

“I knew him pretty well before he attacked me … He used to spend hours talking to me about material and complimenting my mind and validating me. It possibly made me overlook warning signs. This was my champion. I was never any kind of studio darling. He had a choke hold on the type of films and directors that were right for me.”

In a Paris hotel room, the two were arguing over a script. Weinstein came out in a bathroom, but Thurman ignored it, considering it more of an whacky uncle type move. As they fought, he told her to follow him. Uma describes it as a maze, with hallways leading through chambers into more hallways.

“Then I followed him through a door and it was a steam room. And I was standing there in my full black leather outfit — boots, pants, jacket. And it was so hot and I said, ‘This is ridiculous, what are you doing?’ And he was getting very flustered and mad and he jumped up and ran out.”

RELATED: The 5 Most Disturbing Details About Harvey Weinstein's Sexual Harassment Allegations And His 'Code Of Silence'​

2. A suite at the Savoy Hotel in London would be the setting for the next attack by Weinstein against Thurman.

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.”

Thurman had been staying with her friend Ilona Herman. The following day, Uma received a package.

“The next day to her house arrived a 26-inch-wide vulgar bunch of roses … They were yellow. And I opened the note like it was a soiled diaper and it just said, ‘You have great instincts.’” 

3. Uma tried to confront Weinstein at the Savoy Bar.

As has been stated in the past, Weinstein had assistants that would help him lure his victims to him and Uma was no different. Though she brought her friend Ilona with her, Weinstein's assistants pressured her to speak to him on the phone, where he reminded her that they still have projects together and the other night was just a misunderstanding. Ilona stayed behind while Uma went to Weinstein's room.

Uma recalls telling Weinstein, “If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you.” Though her memory of the rest of the day goes blank. 

Her friend Ilona remembers the moment she saw Uma come out of the elevator, “She was very disheveled and so upset and had this blank look. Her eyes were crazy and she was totally out of control. I shoveled her into the taxi and we went home to my house. She was really shaking.”

After being calmed down, Uma told Ilona that Weinstein threatened to derail her career, a message often heard in other stories concerning the Hollywood producer.

4. Thurman discusses a particular incident on the Kill Bill set involving Quentin Tarantino.


Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino

In one of the more popular scenes from Kill Bill, Uma Thurman's character drives a convertible to his home. During the making of the film, she was told by a stage hand that the vehicle was not in great shape.

She made it known to Tarantino that she was uncomfortable driving it and preferred to use a stunt double.

“Quentin came in my trailer and didn’t like to hear no, like any director. 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 death box that I was in. The seat wasn’t screwed down properly. It was a sand road and it was not a straight road.”

In the following stills from the video of the crash, you can see Uma Thurman holding her head in pain and being carried out of the vehicle. Photos courtesy of the NYTimes.




“The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me. I felt this searing pain and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again.’ “When I came back from the hospital in a neck brace with my knees damaged and a large massive egg on my head and a concussion, I wanted to see the car and I was very upset. Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me. And he was very angry at that, I guess understandably, because he didn’t feel he had tried to kill me.”

She goes on to say, “Harvey assaulted me but that didn’t kill me. What really got me about the crash was that it was a cheap shot. I had been through so many rings of fire by that point. I had really always felt a connection to the greater good in my work with Quentin and most of what I allowed to happen to me and what I participated in was kind of like a horrible mud wrestle with a very angry brother. But at least I had some say, you know?”

RELATED: The Real Reason So Many Powerful Men Abuse Women (And How We Can STOP It)

5. Uma Thurman is more empowered than ever.

She says of her relationship with Harvey Weinstein, “The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I feel about all the women that were attacked after I was … I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did. Quentin used Harvey as the executive producer of ‘Kill Bill,’ a movie that symbolizes female empowerment. And all these lambs walked into slaughter because they were convinced nobody rises to such a position who would do something illegal to you, but they do.”

But after so many years of equating anger to love, she has learned something life-changing.

“Personally, it has taken me 47 years to stop calling people who are mean to you ‘in love’ with you. 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.”

RELATED: How Victim-Blaming Allows Guys Like Harvey Weinstein To Get Away With It

Liza Walter is a writer who focuses on current events, pop culture, and true crime. She loves cheese, Game of Thrones, her husband, and son. Not necessarily in that order. You can follow her on Twitter @NerdyLiza.

Author
Author