UMA THURMAN ALLEGES SEXUAL MISCONDUCT BY HARVEY WEINSTEIN IN NEW YORK TIMES PIECE

In a Thanksgiving post, Uma Thurman wished her over 700K followers happy holidays, but one person was left off that list. The November 23 post ended with this parting shot: “(Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators — I’m glad it’s going slowly — you don’t deserve a bullet) — stay tuned.”

Uma Thurman is angry. And Harvey Weinstein is the culprit.

Opening up to The New York Times, Thurman explained the source of her anger and the alleged sexual misconduct she suffered at the hands of Weinstein.

“I knew him pretty well before he attacked me,” she said. “He used to spend hours talking to me about material and complimenting my mind and validating me. It possibly made me overlook warning signs. This was my champion. I was never any kind of studio darling. He had a chokehold on the type of films and directors that were right for me.”

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Thurman, 47, knew something was off at a Paris hotel room meeting. “It went right over my head,” Thurman recalled. “They were arguing about a script when the bathrobe came out.”

“I didn’t feel threatened. I thought he was being super idiosyncratic, like this was your kooky, eccentric uncle.”

Weinstein then told Thurman to follow him down a hall, eventually ending up in a steam room. Thurman said, “I followed him through a door and it was a steam room. And I was standing there in my full black leather outfit — boots, pants, jacket. And it was so hot and I said, ‘This is ridiculous, what are you doing?’ And he was getting very flustered and mad and he jumped up and ran out.”

What Thurman calls the first “attack,” occurred soon after the Paris incident. It was in London, in Weinstein’s hotel suite at the famed Savoy Hotel.

“It was such a bat to the head. He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things. But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard. I was doing anything I could to get the train back on the track. My track. Not his track.”

In addition to anger, Thurman felt bad about the women that were attacked after she was.

“I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did. Quentin used Harvey as the executive producer of ‘Kill Bill,’ a movie that symbolizes female empowerment. And all these lambs walked into slaughter because they were convinced nobody rises to such a position who would do something illegal to you, but they do.”

While Weinstein, through his representatives, admits to the Paris encounter, he categorized it as flirtation and misread signals. Thurman says he later apologized for his behavior, which Weinstein also concedes, but he denies any sexual misconduct.

Another very disturbing experience happened to Thurman, this time, at the hands of Quentin Tarantino, her Kill Bill director. It was an accident that took place on set close to the end of filming, after she had made Tarantino aware of Weinstein’s (a producer of Kill Bill) alleged London assault.

Tarantino, according to Thurman, forced her to perform a stunt, driving a car she felt was unsafe, even after she requested a stunt person. Tarantino insisted Thurman drive the car which led to a crash that left her concussed, with damaged knees.

For 15 years, Miramax (which Weinstein headed) and Tarantino refused to give Thurman footage of the crash. It is only recently that Tarantino finally relented and turned over the shocking video to Thurman, which she shared with the Times.

Thurman stands resilient and defiant, grateful for all the brave women that have come forward with their stories, and empowered by telling her own.

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