LA sheriff dept. says Quentin Tarantino’s claim he spent time in jail is bogus

After siding with the anti-cop Black Lives Matter movement — and implying some cops are “murderers” — Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino seems to confuse fact with fiction.

At least, that’s according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The “Pulp Fiction” director has said for years that he spent time in a Los Angeles County jail when he was younger — a claim that would certainly help bolster his street cred.

But the sheriff’s department said it has no record of Tarantino ever being in its system, according to the New York Post.

“A check of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jail records revealed no evidence that Mr. Tarantino was ever incarcerated in our jail system,” Sheriff’s Office Capt. Christopher Reed told the Post.

But the filmmaker continues to insist that he can relate to those who say they’re afraid of cops.

“Back when I was in my 20s and broke, I was a little scared of the cops, all right?” Tarantino said during a recent appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

He was on the show to explain his comment about cops being murderers.

“And oftentimes, I had warrants out on me for traffic stuff that I never took care of and everything,” he added. “I’d get stopped, and I’d have to do eight days in county jail.”

His comment about being incarcerated can be seen here at the 1:45-minute mark:

It’s a story Tarantino has repeated as far back as 1992, according to the Post, which reported that the filmmaker told Paris Voice a similar story way back then.

“If I had a brush with the law, I think I’d wise up fast,” Tarantino said at the time. “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 realize what a waste of time it is. They treat you like an animal, and nobody wants to be treated like an animal.”

Not that Tarantino isn’t a bad-ass.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department said it has crossed paths with him before — he was charged in 2000 for driving without a license and failure to appear in court.

“A check of court records revealed that in August of 2000, he paid a fine of $871, which included court costs, for violation of driving without a license,” Reed said, adding that the payment was “in lieu of an eight-day sentence imposed by the court.”

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