Diane Kruger responds to claims that Quentin Tarantino ‘abused his power’ for ‘Inglorious Basterds’ choke scene

The director choked both Kruger and Uma Thurman on set

Diane Kruger has spoken out to deny claims that Quentin Tarantino ‘abused his power’ while directing Inglorious Basterds.

The director made headlines this week, after Uma Thurman spoke out about an “unforgivable” car crash and subsequent cover-up on the set of Kill Bill. She also discussed alleged sexual misconduct against Harvey Wesinstein, and how Tarantino also ‘choked and spat on her’ as part of filming – which he later explained in a statement.

Now, Kruger has come to Tarantino’s defence. While having revealed that she was also choked by the Pulp Fiction director on the et of Inglorious Basterds, the actor said that Tarantino was ‘a pure joy’ to work with.

“In light of the recent allegations made by Uma Thurman against Harvey Weinstein and her terrifying work experience on Kill Bill, my name has been mentioned in numerous articles in regards to the choking scene in Inglourious Basterds,” she wrote on Instagram. “This is an important moment in time and my heart goes out to Uma and anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault and abuse. I stand with you.”

She added: “For the record however, I would like to say that my work experience with Quentin Tarantino was pure joy. He treated me with utter respect and never abused his power or forced me to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with.”

Speaking to Parade about her experience in 2009, Kruger said: “I get strangled, which was especially weird because you feel it when someone is choking you, so it was an interesting day at the office. The funny part is that Quentin’s hands are in the close-up.

“Quentin said, ‘He’s not going to do it right, it’ll either be too much or too little. I know exactly what I need and I think I should just do it’. I have to say it was very strange being strangled by the director.”

This mirrors a similar experience described by Uma Thurman on the set of Kill Bill, where she was also spat on. Explaining the incident, Tarantino said: “Naturally, I did it. Who else should do it? A grip? One, I didn’t trust Michael Madsen because, I don’t know where the spit’s going to go, if Michael Madsen does it. I talked to Uma and I said, look. I’ve got to kind of commit to doing this to you… Now, I love Michael, he’s a terrific actor, but I didn’t trust him with this kind of intricate work, of nailing this.

“So the idea is, I’m doing it, I’m taking responsibility.”

Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman
Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman

Tarantino also came under fire this week when an interview resurfaced of him defending Roman Polanski.