Harvey Weinstein denies Uma Thurman allegations

Actress says he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s

by Jennie Kermode

Uma Thurman in Kill Bill
Uma Thurman in Kill Bill

"Mr Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologised and deeply regrets," said a spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein last night following a New York Times article in which the Pulp Fiction star accused him of sexual assault. Apparently referring to the same incident, she described Weinstein, with whom she had previously enjoyed a friendly professional relaionship, pinning her down and attempting to expose himself to her before she managed to wriggle away.

Thurman first hinted at the accusation in November 2017, but said that she would wait until she was ready to tell her story, and stressed the importance of being fair and exact. "He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things," she said in yesterday's article.

"There was no physical contact during Mr Weinstein's awkward pass and [he] is saddened and puzzled as to why Ms Thurman... waited 25 years to make these allegations public," said Weinstein's spokesperson.

In the article, Thurman also details the breakdown of her friendship with Quentin Tarantino over an incident on the set of Kill Bill where he insisted that she drive a car that she felt was unsafe. The car subsequently crashed, briefly trapping the actress, who says she still has pain in her legs as a result. She claims that it took her 15 years just to get hold of the footage of the incident, which shows her frantically wrestling with the wheel as the vehicle goes out of control.

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