Uma Thurman has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.
The Kill Bill star has previously hinted at the allegation, with the actress saying back in November that she was “waiting to feel less angry” before commenting on the multiple accusations of rape, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment which have been aimed at Weinstein since last year. The producer has “unequivocally” denied all allegations.
In a new interview with The New York Times, Thurman has accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in a London hotel shortly after the premiere of Pulp Fiction in 1994. Weinstein’s company Miramax distributed the Quentin Tarantino-directed movie.
Alleging that the incident occurred at the Savoy Hotel, Thurman said: “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.”
Following the alleged assault, Thurman claimed that Weinstein sent her flowers the next day which included a note which praised her “great instincts”.
Weinstein has responded to Thurman’s allegations in a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter. While the producer admitted that he had propositioned Thurman, he denied ever physically assaulting her – saying that this was the first time he had heard Thurman’s story.
“There was no physical contact during Mr. Weinstein’s awkward pass and Mr. Weinstein is saddened and puzzled as to ‘why’ Ms. Thurman, someone he considers a colleague and a friend, waited 25 years to make these allegations public, noting that he and Ms. Thurman have shared a very close and mutually beneficial working relationship where they have made several very successful film projects together,” the statement said.
“This is the first time we are hearing that she considered Mr. Weinstein an enemy and the pictures of their history tell a completely different story.”
The statement from Weinstein’s spokesperson also attached pictures of the producer and Thurman posing together at events over the years, noting: “We wish the New York Times would have published them.”
Elsewhere in the New York Times interview, Thurman disclosed that she felt “bad about all the women that were attacked after I was.”
“I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did,” she said. “Quentin used Harvey as the executive producer of Kill Bill, a movie that symbolises 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.”