Kill Bill: Tarantino’s Role in Uma Thurman’s Abuse

Jessica Chastain, Judd Apatow, Asia Argento and more are speaking out in support of Uma Thurman after a N.Y. Times article published Saturday, which alleges that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her and claims that Kill Bill director Tarantino forced her to do a car stunt that resulted in injury.

The actress says the accident occurred near the end of production on the film and happened after she had told Tarantino that Weinstein, who produced Kill Bill as well as their 1994 film Pulp Fiction, had assaulted her in London. Thurman says she did not feel comfortable operating the car and asked for a stunt person to do the scene, but Tarantino insisted she drive the car, which resulted in a crash that she claims gave her a concussion and damaged knees. Thurman showed footage of the on-set incident Saturday as well.

The actress claims that Tarantino spat in her face and strangled her with a chain for other scenes, something that Chastain specifically called out. “I keep imagining Tarantino spitting in Uma’s face and strangling her with a chain for KILL BILL. How many images of women in media do we celebrate that showcase abuse? When did this become normalized ‘entertainment’?” she tweeted.

Apatow tweeted that Tarantino ignored Kill Bill: Volume 2 actress Daryl Hannah’s claims of harassment at the hands of Weinstein. “They kicked Hannah off the press tour. Nobody helped her. And now Tarantino is going to make a movie about Polanski. Why is someone financing this? This is why Weinstein wasn’t stopped,” he wrote

The reference was to Tarantino’s next movie, about Charles Manson. Manson’s cult of followers, at his request, murdered actress Sharon Tate, who was married to Roman Polanski at the time.

Asia Argento, who was one of the first women to publicly speak out against Weinstein, tweeted: “Weinstein and Tarantino, what a pair! A serial rapist and a near murderer. It’s no fucking joke what these abhorrent criminals did to Uma Thurman, before and after #KillBill. They put her life, her dignity, her sanity in danger. Burn in hell you sick fucks.”