Uma Thurman fought the molten rage that was preventing her from speaking out against her former cinematic overseer Harvey Weinstein, and finally did so in a New York Times piece yesterday. Uma claims Harvey sexually assaulted her, threatened her career if she took any action against him, and supposedly colluded with his pet director Quentin Tarantino to mess with her on the set of the Kill Bill movies. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Horrendous Harvey might be planning on suing Uma for falsely accusing him. Keep in mind that Uma is the 635,412th woman to accuse Harvey of sexual assault in recent months, so methinks his case is shaky. He wouldn’t even make Judge Judy with it. He wouldn’t even make that one show where there’s three low-rent judges who argue with each other and then take it out on the defendants with it. (Three low-rent judges does not make a Judge Judy.)
Harvey’s legal team released a statement implying that they might be coming for The Bride.
“Ms. Thurman’s statements to The Times are being carefully examined and investigated before deciding whether any legal action against her would be appropriate,” the new statement, issued Saturday afternoon, reads.
Harvey’s rep is quoted as admitting that the incident that Uma spoke about in London happened. But they’re saying no assault took place and chalking it up to “a pass” gone wrong and him misreading Uma’s “signals.” It’s really not that hard to misread SOS, “Mayday!,” or “SOMEONE CALL 911!!!“, right? One imagines those are the kind of “signals” that Harvey must have received from some of the women he was allegedly attempting to prey upon. He has denied any nonconsensual sex with any of the women accusing him.
“Ben Brafman, Mr. Weinstein’s attorney said that Harvey is stunned and saddened by what he claims to be false accusations by Uma Thurman, someone he has worked closely with for more than two decades,” reads a statement from Weinstein’s representative. “Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass at Ms. Thurman 25 years ago, which he regrets and immediately apologized for. Why Ms. Thurman would wait 25 years to publicly discuss this incident and why according to Weinstein, she would embellish what really happened to include false accusations of attempted physical assault is a mystery to Weinstein and his attorneys.”
Uma’s reps simply told EW that “the article speaks for itself.”
An interesting part of Uma’s tale was in response to the anger she showed when she was first asked about Harvey. Uma revealed that it wasn’t anger she was gritting her chiclets against, it was actually an attempt not to burst into tears.
The actress clarified her feelings in Saturday’s piece in the The Times, saying, “I used the word ‘anger’ but I was more worried about crying, to tell you the truth. I was not a groundbreaker on a story I knew to be true. So what you really saw was a person buying time.”
The Harvey stories continually make me want to don that yellow and black tracksuit and drive a (hopefully functional) convertible down to whatever bullshit “rehab” Harvey is lazing about in Arizona. With a samurai sword.