Harvey Weinstein-There Was a Flirtatious Exchange, Denying Uma Thurman’s Sexual Assault Allegation
Uma Thurman shared her story of sexual assault by about Harvey Weinstein, the now disgraced Hollywood mogul who stands accused by over 60 women for sexual misconduct, assault, and rape.
The Pulp Fiction fame actress who starred in many blockbuster movies produced under Weinstein's banner gave a revealing interview to The New York Times where she describes a series of disturbing events including an alleged assault in Weinstein's Lond hotel room.
Maureen Dowd, New York Times op-ed columnist described Uma Thurman as ''furious'' over lack of legal actions against the 65-year-old movie mogul in the Saturday's article.
Harvey Weinstein was ousted from his professional roles at The Miramax and Weinstein Company where he was the co-founder last fall when the allegations started surfacing publicly.
Regarding Thurman's allegations, a spokesperson for Weinstein said he was ''saddened and puzzled'' by her assault allegation. The representative reportedly sent photos to CNN, photos that "demonstrate the strong relationship Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Thurman had had over the years."
Harvey Weinstein Denies Sexual Assault Allegations by Uma Thurman
Weinstein Spokesperson added
Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologized and deeply regrets," the spokesperson said. "However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue.
Sine the explosive reports in The New Yorker and New York Times last year about his treatment of women and young actresses who worked with him, dozens of women have come forward accusing Weinstein of rape, assault and various other forms of sexual misconduct.
Weinstein's representative at the time said he sought treatment after the allegations and that those indicating non-consensual sex was ''unequivocally denied.''
Thurman hinted last Thanksgiving that she had something to say about Weinstein, she posted a video on Instagram wishing everyone a happy holiday, but with a scathing admonition "Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators - I'm glad it's going slowly - you don't deserve a bullet."
In her interview with Dowd, Thurman revealed that an early encounter with Weinstein in the 1990s in a Paris hotel room resulted with him suddenly springing in a bathrobe to lead her to a steam room, but the first ''attack'' happened later in London.
The Kill Bill actress described the London hotel ''attack'',
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.
Thurman told Dowd that she arranged a meeting with Weinstein later and warned 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."
The New York Times' article also quotes Thurman's friend who was waiting for her downstairs who said Thurman came out of the elevator shaking and disheveled. The friend, Ilona Herman said,''Her eyes were crazy, and she was totally out of control.''
Thurman described another incident to Dowd which she thought was a cheap shot from the producer.
The actress said that, over a decade ago, Quentin Tarantino-Weinstein's longtime studio collaborator, pressured her into driving a ramshackle car down a dirt road on the sets of 'Kill Bill'', she ended up crashing the car into a palm tree. The accident left her in a neck brace.
Thurman shared a shot from Kill Bill while hinting about her Weinstein Story on Insta
NY Times published a video footage of the accident that took 15 years for Thurman to obtain. She described the incident as ''dehumanization to the point of death."
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.
Quentin Tarantino also directed the 1994 classic 'Pulp Fiction' which Harvey Weinstein produced.