Shocking audio surfaces of Quentin Tarantino saying 13-year-old girl 'wanted to have it' with Roman Polanski
When the allegations against Harvey Weinstein began to break in 2017, plenty of people turned their attention to director Quentin Tarantino to see if he would speak out against his longtime friend and collaborator. After a period of sustained silence, Tarantino told the New York Times: “I knew enough to do more than I did. There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”
While some people applauded Tarantino for being refreshingly honest in regards to the accusations, it turns out that the director isn't as blameless as he may seem. In a recent Maureen Dowd op-ed, actress Uma Thurman has opened up about Tarantino's volatile nature and the manner in which he not only ignored Weinstein's behavior, but also demanded that she perform her own stunts, even if it meant putting her life in danger.
During the interview with the New York Times, Thurman describes the moment that Tarantino forced her to drive a car that she knew was faulty, leading to her having a serious accident. She recalled:
"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.’
"'[He said] 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 deathbox that I was in. The seat wasn’t screwed down properly. It was a sand road and it was not a straight road."
The car crashed into a tree and left Thurman with severe injuries that still haunt her today. After she requested footage from the crash from Tarantino and Miramax, she was told that the tape would only be released if she agreed not to sue the company. Thurman said:
"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."
The fact that Tarantino allowed a woman to walk into a faulty car, knowing full well what the end result might be, may come as surprise to some people. However, it must be noted that it's not the first time that his attitude towards women has been beyond questionable. Not only do a lot of his movies depict women going through acts of extreme violence, some of which Tarantino enjoys to act out himself (he spat at and choked Thurman with a chain in Kill Bill), but in 2003, the director defended Roman Polanski's sexual assault of a 13-year-old in 1977.
Asked by Howard Stern why Hollywood embraces “this madman, this director who raped a 13-year-old,” Tarantino replied:
“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape ... he had 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. You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.”
After being reminded that Polanski's victim had been supplied with drugs and alcohol before the assault took place, Tarantino became irate with the presenters.
Tarantino: No, that was not the case AT ALL. She wanted to have it and dated the guy and—
Quivers: She was 13!
Tarantino: And by the way, we’re talking about America’s morals, not talking about the morals in Europe and everything.
Stern: Wait a minute. If you have sex with a 13-year-old girl and you’re a grown man, you know that that’s wrong.
Quivers: ... giving her booze and pills ...
Tarantino: Look, she was down with this."
While there can be no denying that Tarantino is an extremely talented director, if it wasn't for actresses such as Thurman portraying his lead females with such conviction, he wouldn't be anywhere near as heralded as he is. Maybe he should think about that next time he decides to be an apologist for sexual predators.