Friday 23 February 2018

'He did all kinds of unpleasant things' - Actor Uma Thurman accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault

Accusations: Uma Thurman. Photo: Getty Images
Accusations: Uma Thurman. Photo: Getty Images

Alex Dobuzinskis

ACTOR Uma Thurman has accused movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her at a London hotel after they worked together on the 1994 hit film "Pulp Fiction."

In a New York Times article on Saturday by columnist Maureen Dowd, Thurman broke her silence after saying in October that she would wait to speak out about inappropriate behavior in the workplace because she did not want to say anything in anger.

Thurman became the latest of more than 70 women who have accused 65-year-old Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape. Weinstein's lawyer said on Saturday that the producer had immediately apologized to Thurman for making an "awkward pass" at her 25 years ago, but that her claims about being physically assaulted were untrue.

In the Times article, Thurman, 47, said Weinstein pushed her down when she met him in his suite at London's Savoy Hotel.

"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," she told the newspaper.

Asked for further comment by Reuters, a representative for Thurman said the Times article spoke for itself.

Harvey Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex (Ian West/PA)
Harvey Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex (Ian West/PA)

Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, said the producer was stunned and saddened by what he considered false allegations from someone he worked closely with for more than two decades.

"Mr Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass at Ms Thurman 25 years ago which he regrets and immediately apologized for," Brafman said in a statement.

"Why Ms Thurman would wait 25 years to publicly discuss this incident and why according to Weinstein, she would embellish what really happened to include false accusations of attempted physical assault is a mystery to Weinstein and his attorneys."

Brafman said Thurman's statements to the Times were being carefully examined and investigated "before deciding whether any legal action against her would be appropriate."

As well as starring in "Pulp Fiction" by director Quentin Tarantino, Thurman was the lead actor in his two-film "Kill Bill" action series, which were produced by Weinstein's Miramax studio and earned more than $330 million at global box offices.

Thurman said she told Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction director, and close friend of Weinstein, Quentin Tarantino about the alleged incident and the film maker confronted Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001.

Hours later The Miramax co-founder apologised to Thurman, she said.

"I just walked away stunned, like 'ok, well there's my half-assed apology'," Thurman says.

Following the first alleged assault, she said Weinstein sent her flowers, with a note telling her she had "great instincts".

The revelations come after she previously suggested on social media she had a Weinstein story to tell in the wake of dozens of allegations against the movie mogul, including from some of Hollywood's biggest stars

Responding to a request for comment on the Thurman allegation, Weinstein's spokeswoman issued a number of photographs of the actress and movie producer together that "demonstrate the strong relationship" they had.

"We wish the New York Times would have published them," she added.

The spokeswoman adds Weinstein acknowledges he made "an awkward pass" at Thurman in England 25 years ago "for which he immediately apologised and deeply regrets".

"However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue. And this is the first time we have heard those details," she adds.

Weinstein is "saddened and puzzled" as to why Thurman waited 25 years to make the allegations public, the statement said.

"He and Thurman have shared a very close and mutually beneficial working relationship where they have made several very successful film projects together.

"This is the first time we are hearing that she considered Weinstein an enemy and the pictures of their history tell a completely different story," it adds.

Weinstein is considering legal action following Thurman's allegations, with his attorney Ben Brafman saying: "Ms Thurman's statements to the Times are being carefully examined and investigated before deciding whether any legal action against her would be appropriate."

Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne are among the high-profile women who have made claims about his behaviour towards them.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Reuters

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