Jandra Sutton
February 03, 2018 10:35 am
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After the onslaught of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein in October of 2017, countless women have come forward to share their stories in a way that has left us shocked, heartbroken, and furious. In early November, Uma Thurman expressed her rage at all the sexual misconduct in Hollywood. But she never addressed Weinstein, who she worked with on several films, head-on. She confirmed that she’d open up in her own time. Now, Uma Thurman is ready to speak out.

Thurman shared her own deeply disturbing story about Harvey Weinstein. She said that Weinstein attacked her in his hotel suite in London after the release of 1994’s Pulp Fiction. “It was such a bat to the head,” Thurman told The New York Times. 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.”

After the attack, the actress met with Weinstein to discuss what happened. She told him not to treat other women the same way he treated her and warned, “you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you.”

Uma Thurman went on to say that she told Quentin Tarantino about the incident, and the strain on their relationship was palpable on the set of Kill Bill.

During filming, Tarantino reportedly ordered Thurman to drive a convertible that she didn’t feel was safe. The actress crashed into a palm tree and sustained injuries. She tried to get footage of the incident from Miramax, Weinstein’s company, but they told her she could only have it if she signed a document “releasing them of any consequences of my future pain and suffering.” 

Thurman refused, and we definitely can’t blame her.

“When they turned on me after the accident,” Thurman continued, “I went from being a creative contributor and performer to being like a broken tool.”

Thank you, Uma, for sharing your story. We’re so grateful for the continued dialogue around #MeToo, and we sincerely hope this movement leads to lasting change in our society.