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Quentin Tarantino Talks Uma Thurman Crash and Harvey Weinstein
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7 Feb 2018 06:39 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Quentin Tarantino (Image Source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

Quentin Tarantino is responding to Uma Thurman's recent revelations about a crash that occurred during the filming of Kill Bill as well as her assault by Harvey Weinstein.

The New York Times published an article recently of Thurman's revelations from filming Kill Bill, which Tarantino wrote and directed.

She was in a car crash and suffered a concussion and damaged knees during filming. She was provided footage of the crash by Tarantino which shows her crashing into a palm tree.

Tarantino claims to have known the Times was running the story, saying Thurman contacted him as did the Times author, Maureen O'Dowd.

"I knew that the piece was happening. Uma and I had talked about it for a long period of time, deciding how she was going to do it. She wanted clarity on what happened in that car crash, after all these years," he said.

He never met with Dowd and feels he "ended up taking the hit and taking the heat" from the published article.

"I figured that eventually [the crash footage] would be used whenever [Thurman] had her big piece," he said.

"Also, there was an element of closure. She had been denied it, from Harvey Weinstein, being able to even see the footage," Tarantino added.

He doesn't believe anyone involved considered the driving Thurman was doing to be a stunt.

"It was just driving," he explains, yet also admits she was concerned about driving on a sandy road.

"I'm sure I wasn't in a rage, and I wasn't livid. I didn't go barging into Uma's trailer, screaming at her to get into the car," he promised.

But it did affect their relationship for the next few years.

"It wasn't like we didn't talk. But a trust was broken," Tarantino explained, clarifying that they weren't "estranged" and a few years later their relationship returned to what it once was.

Though with regards to Weinstein, Tarantino says of himself that he was "absolutely being her accomplice" when Thurman told the news source about being assaulted.

He says he wishes he had taken responsibility after hearing of the producer's past actions, particularly that of Mira Sorvino, Tarantino's ex.

"While we were getting ready to do Kill Bill, Uma tells me that [Weinstein] had done the same thing to her [as he had to Sorvino]," he said, and when he realized it was a pattern, he "made Harvey apologize to Uma."

He gave Weinstein an ultimatum to either apologize or not do the film.

On Monday, Thurman posted to Instagram saying that Tarantino did the "right thing" by taking responsibility and sharing the crash footage. She believes the "real perpetrators" are Weinstein and the other producers, Lawrence Bender and E. Bennett Walsh.

Tarantino finished, saying that despite having to take the responsibility on, he felt he'd "been honest here and told the truth, and it feels really good after two days of misrepresentation, to be able to say it out loud. Whatever comes of it, I've said my piece. I've got big shoulders, and I can handle it."

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