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More Trouble for Quentin Tarantino: Said Girl in Roman Polanski Case 'Wanted It'
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7 Feb 2018 06:44 PM EST

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

Quentin Tarantino has stepped into it yet again.

Just after he exonerated himself of Uma Thurman's car crash injuries in Kill Bill, he's now alleging that the 13-year-old girl in the Roman Polanski rape case "wanted it."

In truth, this isn't something he's saying now. This is something that was said 15 years ago, before many favorite personalities in entertainment were called out for sexual misconduct.

And for that matter, Uma Thurman's car crash was 15 years ago as well. But the filmmaker is finally being held responsible for his actions and remarks from the past.

Having a chance to finally see the footage of the car crash from the filming of Kill Bill, Uma Thurman was speaking up about it, saying that Harvey Weinstein and others tried to bury it and that it put a strain on her relationship with Tarantino.

But Tarantino is now accepting responsibility for that, as well as not speaking up earlier against Weinstein, since he knew what he was up to with regards to his sexual misconduct.

And also, in 2003, he was interviewed by Howard Stern, with the audio for that being posted to YouTube just a few days ago. He's asked about Roman Polanski, the director who plea bargained a deal for statutory rape of a 13-year-old and then left the country while awaiting sentencing.

He's asked in the interview if he's "happy" about Polanski winning an Oscar in 2003 for The Pianist and replies, "Yeah, that was pretty cool actually."

Tarantino is then asked, "What's so great about a rapist being a recipient of Hollywood's highest honor?" and replies, "I don't consider him a rapist."

"How could you defend ... see I don't understand this. How come Hollywood embraces this madman, this director who raped a 13-year-old?" Stern asks.

"He didn't rape a 13-year-old; it was statutory rape. That's not quite the same thing. It's statutory rape, he had sex with a minor, that's not rape. To me, when you use the word 'rape,' alright, you're talking about violent, throwing them down. It's like one of the most violent crimes in the world," explained Tarantino.

"Throwing the word 'rape' around is like throwing the word 'racist' around. It just doesn't apply to everything that people use it for. He was guilty of having sex with a minor."

Robin Quivers interjected, "That she didn't want to have."

Tarantino replied, "No, that was not the case at all! She wanted to have it and dated the guy."

Reminded she was 13, he replied, "And by the way, we're talking about America's morals; we're not talking about the morals in Europe and everything."

Stern jumped in again and said, "Wait a second, you have sex with a 13-year-old girl, and you're a grown man — you know that that's wrong because she hasn't ..."

"Look, she was down with it," the director interjected.

Actress Busy Philipps evidently heard the same interview recently and was disgusted, tweeting, "F--- THIS GUY," "QUENTIN IS CANCELLED," and "SORRY YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS F--- QUENTIN TARANTINO YOU ARE F---ING CANCELLED," retweeting Jezebel's post of the Tarantino interview.

She then came back and tweeted, "Like f---ing spiting on an actresses face and choking her wasn't enough. F--- this guy. F--- anyone who works with him. I'm embarrassed that I ever auditioned for him. F--- him."

Philipps' next tweet explained her interview for the director.

"That I f---ing showed up in SHORT SHOTS AND FLIP FLOPS as requested because I WANTED THE JOB. This business sucks and enables predators and F---ING ENOUGH." She followed this by explaining it was 10 years ago. "I'm SURE IM TOO F---ING OLD NOW."

But she wasn't done.

"Ok. Sorry. I have to go put my two girls to bed and pray that they get to grow up in a world where drugging and raping a child at 13 isn't laughed off in a radio interview 'because she wanted it.'"

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