The "Kill Bill" star recalls Weinsten's alleged assault and accusing Tarantino of "trying to kill me."
One night in Weinstein's London hotel room -- after already rejecting his advances once in Paris -- Thurman said she became another one of the mogul's alleged victims. Thurman said she felt "like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard," during the alleged incident. "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," Thurman continued.
She said she later confronted Weinstein, telling 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." It's during this meeting she accused him of threatening her career. "Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making a pass at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals in Paris. He immediately apologized," a rep for Weinstein said, also denying the threats against her career.
Thurman then went on to detail a feud she had with Quentin Tarantino during and after the filming of "Kill Bill."
Thurman said she was asked to drive herself for a now-famous scene in a blue convertible. After she initially refused to drive what she called a "deathbox," Tarantino allegedly pushed back, saying, "I promise you the car is fine. It's a straight piece of road. Hit 40 miles per hour or your hair won't blow the right way and I'll make you do it again."
"The seat wasn't screwed down properly. It was a sand road and it was not a straight road," Thurman said. She alleged she was left with a "permanently damaged neck" and "screwed-up knees" after slamming the car into a tree. "The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me. I felt this searing pain and thought, 'Oh my God, I'm never going to walk again."
"Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me. And he was very angry at that, I guess understandably, because he didn't feel he had tried to kill me," she said. Thurman accused Miramax of refusing to give her video of the incident, unless she agreed to sign something "releasing them of any consequences of my future pain and suffering," something she wouldn't do.
She didn't get her hands on the footage until 15 years later -- and shared that video with the Times.
"We were in a terrible fight for years," she said of Tarantino. "We had to then go through promoting the movies. It was all very thin ice. We had a fateful fight at Soho House in New York in 2004 and we were shouting at each other because he wouldn't let me see the footage and he told me that was what they had all decided."
"I went from being a creative contributor and performer to being like a broken tool," Thurman recalled. "Harvey assaulted me but that didn't kill me. What really got me about the crash was that it was a cheap shot. I had been through so many rings of fire by that point."
Tarantino did not respond to the Times' requests to comment their article.