Quentin Tarantino accused of lying about jail time to boost ‘tough guy’ image

Director claims he served time in a Los Angeles county jail during the 1980s

Director Quentin Tarantino has been accused of lying about ever going to jail in order to boost his “tough guy” public image.

US tabloid The New York Post has claimed that the Oscar-winning filmmaker lied about time spent in prison, after he has long alleged to have served time in a Los Angeles county jail during the 1980s.

Tarantino is quoted as telling Paris Voice in 1992: “I spent eight days in the county jail on traffic warrants once. At first, I thought, ‘Wow, I’m going to pick up some great dialogue in here.’ But then you realise what a waste of time it is. They treat you like an animal, and nobody wants to be treated like an animal.”

He later told biographer Jeffrey Dawson in 2000: “I went to jail about three different times just for warrants on me for moving violations… They had warrants on me for three years and eventually I got stopped and they sent me to jail.”

However, new reports claim that there’s no record of the director ever being in jail. “A check of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jail records revealed no evidence that Mr Tarantino was ever incarcerated in our jail system,” Captain Christopher Reed of the LA County Sheriff’s office told the Post.

Reed stated that the director’s only recorded offence was a fine of $871 (£580) for violation of driving without a licence in 2000.

Tarantino spoke at a rally in New York on October 24 against incidents of alleged brute forces used by officers in the US during recent times. Tarantino was quoted as telling the protesters: “When I see murder, I cannot stand by, and I have to call the murdered the murdered, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”

The National Association of Police Organizations later urged a boycott of Tarantino’s films, releasing a statement, saying: “As a high profile figure, Tarantino’s language is utterly irresponsible, particularly at a time when the nation is seeing increasing and persistent calls for the killing of officers”.