In late November, Uma Thurman shared an Instagram post condemning producer Harvey Weinstein. The note came shortly after The New York Times published a scathing exposé on the producer's semi-closeted history of sexual misconduct.
"Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!" the actress wrote. "(Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators - I’m glad it’s going slowly - you don’t deserve a bullet) -stay tuned."
Now, the Kill Bill star has finally detailed her experience with the producer in a revealing piece for The New York Times. Not only has she lived with the horror of being attacked by Weinstein, she explains, but she feels responsible for allowing him to do the same to other women by not speaking up sooner. She also mentions director Quentin Tarantino.
"The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I feel about all the women that were attacked after I was," she says.
"I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did," Thurman continues in the interview. "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."
"I stand as both a person who was subjected to it and a person who was then also part of the cloud cover, so that’s a super weird split to have," she shares.
Thurman goes on to describe several run-ins with Weinstein, explaining how he groomed her with compliments and praise before he hit on her in a Paris hotel room — a similar story to those of Rose McGowan and Salma Hayek. Not long after, she alleges he tried to force himself upon her at a London hotel.
"It was such a bat to the head," she says. "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."
Later, she says she tried to confront him.
"If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you," she recalls telling him at a public get-together.
According to The New York Times, Weinstein admits "she very well could have said this."
According to Bustle, Weinstein responded to Thurman's piece by sending out pictures of Thurman and himself in what seems to be a bid to prove their "friendship."
"We have pulled a number of images that demonstrate the strong relationship Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Thurman had had over the years and we wish the New York Times would have published them," the email read. "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 apologized and deeply regrets. However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue. And this is the first time we have heard those details."
Thurman's tale echoes those of McGowan and Hayek, who have also accused Weinstein of physical abuse and repeated sexual harassment.