Actress Uma Thurman is finally ready to share her “Weinstein story”. Uma Thurman is closely associated with Weinstein brothers’ Miramax film production. Thurman finally opened up about her history of rape and abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein.
Why did she wait so long? Two reasons: First, Thurman was worried she “might cry” because of the intensely emotional subject matter. Second, she also felt guilty for being both a victim and an enabler of Weinstein’s predation.
You see Weinstein and Thurman worked on a series of immensely popular films together, beginning with the 1994 blockbuster “Pulp Fiction”. Weinstein even introduced her to former President Barack Obama at a fundraiser he hosted for the former president at his house.
As Thurman explained,
“The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I fell about all the women that were attacked after I was,” she told me one recent night, looking anguished in her elegant apartment in River House on Manhattan’s East Side, as she vaped tobacco, sipped white wine and fed empty pizza boxes into the fireplace.
“I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did. Quentin used Harvey as the executive producer of “Kill Bill”, a movie that symbolizes female empowerment. And all these lambs walked into slaughter because they were convinced nobody rises to such a position who would do something illegal to you, but they do.”
Thurman, like fellow Weinstein victim Rose McGowan, accused her former agency, Creative Artists Agency, of abetting Weinstein’s predatory behavior.
The agency has issued a public apology. And Thurman says she feels conflicted about her status as being both a victim and a part of the system that turned a blind eye to this culture of victimization.
Like McGowan, Thurman’s history of being assaulted by powerful men in Hollywood began when she was a teenager and just starting her career.
One night when she was 16, Thurman went out in Manhattan and met an actor nearly 20 years her senior. The two went back to his Greenwich Village brownstone for a nightcap.
“I was ultimately compliant. I tried to say no, I cried, I did everything I could do. He told me the door was locked but I never ran over and tried to grab the knob. When I got home I remember I stood in front of the mirror and I looked at my hands and I was so mad at them for not being bloody or bruised. Something like that tunes the dial one way or another, right? You become more compliant or less compliant, and I think I became less compliant.”
Turning to the subject of Weinstein, Thurman explained how he and his first wife, Eve, befriended her in the aftermath of “Pulp Fiction” – the movie that launched Thurman to stardom.
In a story that by now has become familiar to anybody following the #MeToo movement, Thurman explained how Weinstein groomed her, spending hours discussing film and her career.
Uma Thurman remembered her first attack occurred at the Savoy Hotel in London.
“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.”
The next day, she received a bouquet of flowers from Weinstein with a note that read “you have good instincts.” Thurman says she was repulsed.
However, she wanted to confront Weinstein following the assault. She went to his hotel room and told Weinstein, “If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you.”
Weinstein threatened to ruin Thurman’s career over the incident.
A representative for Weinstein told The New York Times he never threatened her career but admitted he “misread her signals.”
Thurman said she had opened up about Weinstein’s advances to her “Kill Bill” and “Pulp Fiction” director Quentin Tarantino, who confronted the producer on her behalf.
But Tarantino’s increasingly demanding requests of Thurman during the shooting of “Kill Bill” eventually led Thurman to sour on the director. Following a near-fatal accident on the set of “Kill Bill”, Thurman says her resentment finally boiled over and she began to despise Tarantino, who in turn began to resent her.
Tarantino and Thurman have not worked together since the 2004 film “Kill Bill: Volume 2.”
Harvey Weinstein — the disgraced movie mogul now stands accused of sexual misconduct by more than 60 women.
Weinstein is a sick and perverted man who should be sent away to prison like Dr. Nassar. Just because he was a person with authority and power, that did not give him the right to abuse women.
Resource: Fox News, Zero Hedge