Uma Thurman, an award winning actress possibly most famous for her turns as Mia Wallace in 1994’s “Pulp Fiction” and ferocious Beatrix Kiddo in “Kill Bill”, has finally told her story of harassment from Harvey Weinstein and Miramax. Her most famous roles came from director Quentin Tarantino, a long term collaborator of Weinstein and his production company, and she was forced to work with him in many guises over the years of her career.
Speculation about Thurman’s relationship with Weinstein mounted after a red carpet event for her broadway play ‘The Parisian Woman’, where she was asked whether she’d ever been on the receiving end of sexual harassment in the industry. Her quiet fury and comment that she wasn’t yet ready to speak due to her own anger led many to think that there was a storm coming. Uma has finally reached out to the New York Times to explain her side of the story, and admits that the main source of her anger is how many young women could have been affected by the fact she didn’t speak out.
“The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I feel about all the women that were attacked after I was.”
Uma details her experiences at the hands of the movie mogul in depth to the magazine, and talks about several instances where he explicitly sexually assaulted her.
“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.”
An official statement from Weinstein’s people reads as follows: “Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making a pass at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals in Paris. He immediately apologized.”. He acknowledges his behaviour and that might be as close as we get to real accountability. As Uma dryly notes... “his therapy must be working”.