Uma Thurman shared footage of the “Kill Bill” crash that nearly cost her life as she expressed pride in director Quentin Tarantino and doubled down on her condemnation of Harvey Weinstein.
The footage of the on-set car crash in Mexico — which was first published Saturday in the New York Times — has no audio, but clearly shows Thurman seriously injured after her speeding car veers and crashes into a palm tree.
Thurman shared the footage on Instagram Monday in order to, she wrote, “memorialize its full exposure” in light of the Times piece, which detailed her own Weinstein sexual assault story.
“The circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality. I do not believe though with malicious intent,” she wrote.
The actress, 47, said she received the footage from a “deeply regretful” Tarantino years after the fact so that she could share it as she saw fit.
In an interview with Deadline Hollywood on Monday, the director called the accident “beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life.”
Tarantino explained the accident broke a trust because he’d promised Thurman, who had expressed discomfort with driving, the road was straight and the stunt would be safe. Still, he maintained he was not involved in the aftermath where Thurman was denied access to the video of the crash.
In her post, Thurman ripped into the trio she holds accountable for the great lengths they went to in an attempt to cover up the accident: producer Lawrence Bender, executive producer E. Bennett Walsh and the “notorious” Weinstein.
“THE COVER UP after the fact is UNFORGIVABLE,” she said. “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.”
SPEAKING OF TARANTINO
Amid controversy over Thurman’s near-fatal “Kill Bill” stunt, a 15-year-old interview with Tarantino went viral online Monday.
The 2003 Howard Stern interview included an almost eight-minute defense of Roman Polanski by the famous director.
“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape … 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,” Tarantino told the shock jock.
“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. He was guilty of having sex with a minor.”
In 1977, Polanski was charged with drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. He later pled down to unlawful sex with a minor. Before sentencing, Polanski fled to Paris and has stayed in France since then.
Co-host Robin Quivers reminded Tarantino the 13-year-old girl had been fed drugs and alcohol, but he said that didn’t matter.
“She wanted to have it. She dated the guy,” he said.
Stern countered that a “grown man” has to know that sex with a 13-year-old girl is “wrong,” but Tarantino again disagreed.
“Look, she was down with this,” he said.
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