Add Quentin Tarantino to the Hollywood boycott list.
In a resurfaced 2013 interview, the “Pulp Fiction” director was heard telling radio host Howard Stern that disgraced filmmaker Roman Polanski’s abuse of a 13-year-old girl didn’t constitute rape because “she wanted to have it.”
During the interview, Stern brought up a previous claim by Tarantino that he didn’t “consider [Polanski] a rapist.”
“How can you defend–see I don’t understand this,” Stern began. “How come Hollywood embraces this madman, this director who raped a 13-year-old?”
Polanski was arrested and charged for drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. The Polish-French director pleaded guilty to sex with a minor, but fled the US before sentencing to avoid imprisonment. He has since evaded extradition by living in France.
Despite the charges against him, Polanski was awarded the Oscar for Best Director for his 2002 film “The Pianist.”
“It was statutory rape–that’s not quite the same thing,” Tarantino said in the older filmmaker’s defense.
“That’s not rape,” he continued. “To me, when you use the word ‘rape,’ you’re talking about violent, throwing them down.”
Tarantino added: “Throwing the word ‘rape’ around is like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything that people use it for.”
When co-host Robin Quivers said Geimer didn’t want to have sex with Polanski, Tarantino replied, “No, that was not the case at all. She wanted to have it. Dated the guy–”
“She was 13!” Quivers fired back.
Tarantino later conceded that he would “beat the hell out of” someone who took advantage of his daughter, but claimed Polanski’s situation was different because Geimer “was down to party with Roman.”
According to the article, Tarantino pressured Thurman into driving in a dangerous stunt, even though she had misgivings. The star ultimately crashed into a tree and sustained permanent damage to her neck and knees.
i post this clip to memorialize it’s full exposure in the nyt by Maureen Dowd. the circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality. i do not believe though with malicious intent. Quentin Tarantino, was deeply regretful and remains remorseful about this sorry event, and gave me the footage years later so i could expose it and let it see the light of day, regardless of it most likely being an event for which justice will never be possible. he also did so with full knowledge it could cause him personal harm, and i am proud of him for doing the right thing and for his courage. THE COVER UP after the fact is UNFORGIVABLE. for this i hold Lawrence Bender, E. Bennett Walsh, and the notorious Harvey Weinstein solely responsible. they lied, destroyed evidence, and continue to lie about the permanent harm they caused and then chose to suppress. the cover up did have malicious intent, and shame on these three for all eternity. CAA never sent anyone to Mexico. i hope they look after other clients more respectfully if they in fact want to do the job for which they take money with any decency.
In the same article, Thurman said Tarantino choked and spit on her while filming another scene. She also accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her.
In a Deadline interview, a seemingly remorseful Tarantino said of the crash:
“I told her the road was a straight line. I told her it would be safe. And it wasn’t. I was wrong. I didn’t force her into the car. She got into it because she trusted me. And she believed me.”
Is the Oscar-winning director’s time in the spotlight over?