Some of us are still putting Lidocaine on the “flames, flames on the side of my face” we received when Uma Thurman was asked about the malignant Harvey Weinstein back in November. Through gritted teeth, Uma said she wasn’t quite ready to talk about Harvey unless the reporter was into being at ground zero during a nuclear detonation. Well, it’s February and Uma is ready. In a New York Times piece by Maureen Dowd called “This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry,” Uma opened up.
Uma went in on Harvey, her Kill Bill director/creative partner Quentin Tarantino, Creative Artists Agency, and Miramax. Miramax gave us both Uma’s breakthrough pic Pulp Fiction and both Kill Bill flicks. She acknowledges that she was a victim of Horrible Harvey as well as feeling like part of the long-term coverup.
Thurman stresses that Creative Artists Agency, her former agency, was connected to Weinstein’s predatory behavior. It has since issued a public apology. “I stand as both a person who was subjected to it and a person who was then also part of the cloud cover, so that’s a super weird split to have,” she says.
Uma revealed that she was raped by an older actor at the age of 16, and unfortunately it wasn’t her last experience with allegedly being sexually assaulted. She claims that Harvey groomed her for rape after Pulp Fiction hit it big.
“I knew him pretty well before he attacked me,” she said. “He used to spend hours talking to me about material and complimenting my mind and validating me. It possibly made me overlook warning signs. This was my champion. I was never any kind of studio darling. He had a chokehold on the type of films and directors that were right for me.”
Then he came out in his now infamous Jabba-the-Hutt-at-the-spa bathrobe one night in Paris. This was followed by him allegedly assaulting her in London sometime later.
“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.”
That’s ok, because Harvey sent her roses the next day to make up for it. *shudder* Thurman says that she confronted Harv about the incident afterwards and told him that “if you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you.” Obviously that didn’t work.
Harvey’s rep acknowledged that this conversation might have happened.
“Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making a pass at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals in Paris,” the statement said. “He immediately apologized.”
He also sent writer Dowd a bunch of photos of Harvey and Uma looking like besties to show they had a “strong relationship” over the years. Thanks, Harv.
Uma says that Harvey threatened to end her career if she went public. After that, she continued to work with him but always in “supervised environments.” She also assumed that she had “aged out of the window of his assault range.”
Besides all the Harvey stuff, she also details what a gigantic, scary prick Quentin Tarantino is. While filming Kill Bill 2, he allegedly made Uma drive a car for a scene instead of a stunt driver. The car was basically a deathtrap, despite QT’s assurances that she would be fine. This kind of story actually makes me feel bad for film stars and that’s something because I usually only feel envy and annoyance towards them.
“The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me,” she says. “I felt this searing pain and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again,’” she says. “When I came back from the hospital in a neck brace with my knees damaged and a large massive egg on my head and a concussion, I wanted to see the car and I was very upset. Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me. And he was very angry at that, I guess understandably, because he didn’t feel he had tried to kill me.”
Uma feels that the car incident was QT acting in cahoots with Harvey to mess with her. In addition to Death Race 2003, Uma had some more tales of foot freak QT’s weird behavior during the filming of Kill Bill.
Thurman says that in “Kill Bill,” Tarantino had done the honors with some of the sadistic flourishes himself, spitting in her face in the scene where Michael Madsen is seen on screen doing it and choking her with a chain in the scene where a teenager named Gogo is on screen doing it.
QT fought Uma for 15 years in her quest to get the footage of the crash. He recently relented. She says that she has permanent neck and knee damage. You can watch the footage here. Warning, there’s no audio but it’s a tough watch.
Working for Harvey, Quentin and Miramax makes a stay in a POW camp sound charming and restful. Obviously, they didn’t include a trauma clause in the contracts. Although Uma’s car accident was probably not as bad as seeing Harvey in his wardrobe.