Uma Thurman can be finally ready to tell her story.
The 47-year-old actress — who told her fans to “stay tuned” in a #MeToo Instagram post calling out Harvey Weinstein in November — opened up about her experience with the disgraced producer in an interview with The completely new York Times on Saturday, accusing him of inappropriate behavior on several occasions.
In a statement to ET, a spokesperson for Weinstein denied Thurman’s allegations, saying: “Mr. Weinstein acknowledges doing 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 as well as deeply regrets. However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue. as well as that will can be once we have heard those details.”
“There was no physical contact during Mr. Weinstein’s awkward pass as well as Mr. Weinstein can be saddened as well as puzzled as to ‘why’ Ms. Thurman, someone he considers a colleague as well as a friend, waited 25 years to make these allegations public, noting that will he as well as Ms. Thurman have shared a very close as well as mutually beneficial working relationship where they have made several very successful film projects together,” continued the statement — which was sent with photos of Weinstein as well as Thurman at social events through the years. “that will can be once we are hearing that will she considered Mr. Weinstein an enemy as well as the pictures of their history tell a completely different story.”
Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman added: “Harvey can be stunned as well as saddened by what he claims to be false accusations by Uma Thurman, someone he has worked closely with for more than two decades. Mr Weinstein acknowledges doing an awkward pass at Ms. Thurman 25 years ago which he regrets as well as immediately apologized for. Why Ms. Thurman would certainly wait 25 years to publicly discuss that will incident as well as why according to Weinstein, she would certainly embellish what definitely happened to include false accusations of attempted physical assault, can be a mystery to Weinstein as well as his attorneys. Ms. Thurman’s statements to the Times are being carefully examined as well as investigated before deciding whether any legal action against her would certainly be appropriate.”
Thurman shares a different side of the story, telling The completely new York Times that will Weinstein emerged in a bathrobe during a meeting in his Paris hotel room after the Discharge of Pulp Fiction in 1994 — where he led her down a hallway to a steam room where she declared, “that will can be ridiculous, what are you doing?” as well as he “ran out.”
“I didn’t feel threatened,” she said. “I thought he was being super idiosyncratic, like that will was your kooky, eccentric uncle.”
Thurman called her encounter with Weinstein at the Savoy hotel in London, England, his first “attack.” “the idea 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. yet he didn’t actually put his back into the idea as well as force me,” she alleged. “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 next day, Thurman claimed Weinstein sent her a bouquet of yellow roses to apologize. “I opened the note like the idea was a soiled diaper as well as the idea just said, ‘You have great instincts.’”
She decided to confront Weinstein about his behavior, taking her friend, makeup artist Ilona Herman, back to Weinstein’s hotel with her. Thurman said she agreed to go up to Weinstein’s hotel room, where she claimed she warned him, “If you do what you did to me to different people you will lose your career, your reputation as well as your family, I promise you,” after which she claims he threatened to derail her career.
“She very well could have said that will,” Weinstein’s rep agreed to the Times, though denied that will he threatened her prospects.
Thurman — who said her failure to speak up was “one of the reasons that will a young girl would certainly walk into his room alone, the way I did” — also opened up about “the Quentin of the idea all,” alleging that will the Pulp Fiction as well as Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino was aware of her encounter with Weinstein in London. She also claimed that will Tarantino put her in unsafe conditions on the set of Kill Bill, resulting in a car crash that will left her neck “permanently damaged” as well as her knees “screwed up.”
“The steering wheel was at my belly as well as my legs were jammed under me. I felt that will searing pain as well as thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again,’” she said of the crash, of which she alleged the idea took 15 years for Tarantino to hand over the footage. “When I came back via the hospital in a neck brace with my knees damaged as well as a large massive egg on my head as well as a concussion, I wanted to see your vehicle as well as I was very upset. Quentin as well as I had an enormous fight, as well as I accused him of trying to kill me. as well as he was very angry at that will, I guess understandably, because he didn’t feel he had tried to kill me.”
“When they turned on me after the accident, I went via being a creative contributor as well as performer to being like a broken tool,” she said, claiming that will the idea was Tarantino who spat on her face as well as choked her that has a chain in Kill Bill scenes where characters are seen performing the acts.
“Harvey assaulted me yet that will didn’t kill me,” she said. “What definitely got me about the crash was that will the idea was a cheap shot. I had been through so many rings of fire by that will point. I had definitely always felt a connection to the greater not bad in my work with Quentin as well as most of what I allowed to happen to me as well as what I participated in was kind of like a horrible mud wrestle that has a very angry brother. yet at least I had some say, you know?”
“Personally, the idea has taken me 47 years to stop calling people who are mean to you ‘in love’ with you. the idea took a long time because I think that will as little girls we are conditioned to believe that will cruelty as well as love somehow have a connection as well as that will can be like the sort of era that will we need to evolve out of,” she concluded.
ET has reached out to Tarantino for comment.