Quentin Tarantino has apologised to the woman who was raped by Roman Polanski in 1977 when she was 13 years old, admitting that he was wrong to say it was consensual.
Polanski pleaded guilty to statutory rape in 1978 when Samantha Geimer accused him of drugging her and sexually assaulting her at a party.
Earlier this week, an interview with Tarantino from 2003 resurfaced, in which he argued that the case was actually one of “statutory rape”, and that Geimer “wanted to have it”.
“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old,” said Tarantino. “It was statutory rape…he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down—it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.”
Geimer has now spoken out about his comments, telling the New York Daily News that the Kill Bill director was “wrong” and she “[bets] he knows it”. “I hope he doesn’t make an ass of himself and keep talking that way,” she said.
She continued to say that she wasn’t upset by attention being drawn to the interview again, but “would probably feel better if he realises now that he was wrong, after 15 years, after hearing the facts.” “Nobody has to be pissed off on my behalf,” she added. “I’m okay.”
Geimer added that she was willing to forgive Tarantino for his remarks, and has no interest in what other people think about her attitude or the case. “It’s not a big deal to me what people think,” she said. “It doesn’t make a difference in my life. I know what happened. I do not need other people weighing in on what it’s like getting raped at 13.”
Now, Tarantino has apologised for his “ignorant” comments in the interview.
“I want to publicly apologise to Samantha Geimer for my cavalier remarks on The Howard Stern Show speculating about her and the crime that was committed against her,” the director told Indiewire. “Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was. Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski. When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil’s advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative. I didn’t take Ms. Geimer’s feelings into consideration and for that I am truly sorry.
“So, Ms. Geimer, I was ignorant, and insensitive, and above all, incorrect.
“I am sorry Samantha.”
Polanski is currently living as a fugitive in France and has been on the run for nearly 40 years. He made a plea agreement with authorities handling the Geimer case in which some charges were dropped and he promised he would spend 48 days in custody to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
On his release, he fled the States, fearing the agreement would be ignored and he would be sent to prison.
Meanwhile, Tarantino made headlines last week when Uma Thurman spoke out about an “unforgivable” car crash and subsequent cover-up on the set of Kill Bill. He then spoke out to explain his role in the incident, revealing that he though the road would be safe.