Quentin Tarantino doesn’t appear to be making any new fans this week.
The car crashed, leaving the actress with serious injuries. It also describes how the director personally choked and spit on Thurman for a couple of scenes in the film.
Now Jezebel has dug up audio of a 2003 interview that Tarantino did with Howard Stern, in which he comments about the 1977 rape charge against Roman Polanski involving a 13-year-old girl.
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“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape … he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape,” Tarantino can be heard saying during the interview. “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. 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.”
Tarantino then got angry when Stern and his producer, Robin Quivers, challenged him on the statements.
For some background, Dowd’s interview with Thurman was ostensibly about film producer Harvey Weinstein preying on Thurman and her guilt and anger for not speaking up then, so other actresses wouldn’t have subsequently been victimized.
But she explains it in the context of her relationship with Tarantino and the story goes on to report and show video footage of the car crash.
This all comes on the heels of an announcement in Indiewire, that Tarantino will make Polanski a key character in his upcoming film “Manson” about the 1969 Sharon Tate murders by the cult leader Charles Manson.
Since the Dowd-Thurman interview, Deadline released an interview with Tarantino in which he explains his version of the “Kill Bill” car crash and expresses deep regret over asking Thurman to drive the car.
But Twitter is focusing on his Polanski remarks and it isn’t liking them so much.