Uma Thurman breaks silence, revealing she was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein
Back in October, the world was left reeling after film mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by dozens of women. As truly awful as the revelations were, they led to thousands of other victims coming forward to share their own experiences and to speak out against this type of despicable behavior.
While many women had finally found the courage to be open about what they had been through, others were still guarded about incidents that had occurred and didn't feel quite ready to speak about them yet. One of these women was Uma Thurman.
It was speculated that the actress, who had worked with Weinstein on numerous occasions, was one of the women who had been assaulted by the producer; but never confirmed by the actress, who claimed she felt too angry to speak about it. However, months later, Thurman is finally ready to talk about the director and has accused him of sexually assaulting her.
In an emotional interview with the New York Times, the "Kill Bill" star spoke about her relationship with the disgraced producer, claiming that she initially got to know him through his first wife, but their relationship changed after Pulp Fiction was released in 1994.
According to the actress, the first time he targeted her was in a Paris hotel; the pair was arguing over a script when Weinstein came out in a bathrobe. He then told her to follow him down a corridor and led her into a steam room.
"I was standing there in my full black leather outfit — boots, pants, jacket," Thurman said. "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."
The Batman & Robin star told the New York Times that, at the time, she didn’t feel threatened and no assault had taken place. But soon after, the first physical attack came at the Savoy Hotel in London.
She said: "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."
The day after the incident, Thurman claimed she was sent a ’26-inch-wide vulgar bunch of roses’ from Weinstein, with a note that said ‘You have great instincts.'
After the attack, the actress arranged a meeting with the director and took a friend along to meet Weinstein in the Savoy bar, where she says his assistants tried to pressure her into meeting him upstairs in his room. Thurman says that she reluctantly went, but only to tell 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." In response, Weinstein allegedly threatened to "derail her career".
The actress said that after the attack happened, she could only tolerate being in supervised group settings with the 65-year-old, but now believed that she had "aged out of the window of his assault range." In addition, the "Kill Bill" star stated that she eventually confronted the director again years later and received a "half-assed apology" from him.
Weinstein has denied her account of events, releasing a full statement through his spokesperson. In the statement, he acknowledges making an "awkward pass" at Thurman in England after "misreading her signals", but claims that he immediately apologized for it and that any account of a physical assault is untrue. In addition, Weinstein says that he is "saddened and puzzled" as to why his "colleague and friend" waited 25 years to make these allegations noted.
Thurman's allegations add her to the list of more than 90 women who have accused Weinstein of sexual assault. A criminal investigation is ongoing.