Uma Thurman has broken her silence on Harvey Weinstein and her own assault at the hands of the powerful producer with whom she collaborated on several films in '90s and '00s.
In October, Thurman was asked about the then-recent revelations about Weinstein on the red carpet for her Broadway play, The Parisian Woman. At the time, she said she was waiting until she was less angry to comment on the scandal.
"I used the word ‘anger’ but I was more worried about crying, to tell you the truth," she explained in a new interview with the . "I was not a groundbreaker on a story I knew to be true. So what you really saw was a person buying time."
In November, Thurman hinted that her formal response to the Weinstein fallout was coming in a scathing Instagram post. "Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators—I’m glad it’s going slowly—you don’t deserve a bullet)," she wrote. "Stay tuned."
Now, in the aforementioned new interview with the NYT, the actress has finally shared her own stories about the producer. In the interview, Thurman discloses her own history with sexual assault (she was raped when she was 16) and opens up about the complicated feelings she's grappled with since news of Weinstein's allegedly widespread sexual misconduct broke last fall.
"I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did. Quentin used Harvey as the executive producer of Kill Bill, a movie that symbolizes female empowerment," she said. "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."
She also describes an inappropriate incident in Paris with the producer, in which he wore a bathrobe and escorted her to a steam room before she put a stop to things.
"I didn’t feel threatened," she explained. "I thought he was being super idiosyncratic, like this was your kooky, eccentric uncle."
Later, she says in the interview, Weinstein attacked her in his suite at the Savoy Hotel in London. "It was such a bat to the head. 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."
Thurman describes her working relationship with Weinstein as having permanently changed after that. She says Weinstein apologized after the incident in London (something his representatives confirmed to the Times) and that Quentin Tarantino, who directed her in the Weinstein-produced Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill movies, was aware of the attack.