(LOS ANGELES) — Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino responded Monday night to an interview Uma Thurman gave the New York Times in which the actress detailed her concerns after being injured in a car accident on the set of Kill Bill.
The online version of the article, largely devoted to Thurman’s relationship with disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein and her allegation — denied by Weinstein — that the producer sexually assaulted her, included online footage of the accident, which see said permanently damaged her neck and knees. Thurman claims that Weinstein’s company at the time, Miramax, withheld the footage from her in an attempt to keep her from suing.
The footage, which Thurman posted to her Instagram Monday, was provided to her by Tarantino after 15 years.
Tarantino tells Deadline the accident was “heartbreaking. Beyond one of the biggest regret of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life.”
The director said the accident, in a sequence he had convinced her was safe, damaged his relationship with his famous star. “It affected me and Uma for the next two to three years. It wasn’t like we didn’t talk. But a trust was broken,” he said.
For her part, Thurman writes in her Instagram post: “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.”
Tarantino said that he was unaware that Miramax had not given Thurman access to the footage, and when she reached out to him this year for a copy of the footage he found it in a storage facility.
The director also addressed allegations by his girlfriend at the time — Mira Sorvino — and by Thurman that they had been the victims of sexual misconduct at the hands of Weinstein, saying that he insisted Weinstein apologize to Thurman before working on Kill Bill.
Of his years of involvement with Weinstein, Tarantino said, “One of the things that has happened in this whole thing is there is a lot of staring in the mirror. And thinking about, how did you think about things during that time? I remember when Mira told me about the time Harvey tried to get up in her apartment. I remember being shocked and appalled and that that was going on in today’s Hollywood. The big question I keep asking myself is, when did that shock go away?”
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