Actor Uma Thurman accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault

FILE PHOTO: Actress Uma Thurman poses during a photocall in Paris
FILE PHOTO: Actress Uma Thurman poses during a photocall before the French fashion house Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2017-2018 women's ready-to-wear collection during Fashion Week in Paris, France, March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

February 3, 2018

By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – 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.

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.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Additional reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

34 Comments on "Actor Uma Thurman accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault"

  1. SaidNO2Liberalism | February 5, 2018 at 1:10 pm |

    Liberals being sexually assaulted and abused by other liberals? Sounds like poetic justice to me.

  2. Taurnil Oronar | February 5, 2018 at 10:29 am |

    I sometimes have to wonder about the age old accusations of these type. The one thought taking precedence is, well there was a reason they did not file a police report then or shortly after the supposed assault. Sure I get the guilt and shame aspect they tout for remaining silent. For those in their teens I can see those two being the primary driver.

    However, for those older I think the main reason was keeping their job and the guilt or shame they might feel is from that caused by their own inaction’s to resolve it then and there or shortly after. Waiting a quarter of a persons life not that there is an expiration date, it does give cause for closer scrutiny. That will sound callous to some, sure and I don’t care.

  3. I used to like this girl… What did she go through the Millions she made and now is seeking a few more bucks to go shopping…?… What loser ideologies hollyweird maintains… I thought women were strong… Oh wait; that must mean only in the fantasy movies..?..

  4. Visualverbs | February 5, 2018 at 6:51 am |

    All that’s left for her is to hire Gloria Allred.

  5. Varangian Guard | February 5, 2018 at 6:16 am |

    Was she sleeping the last two months? But then again she is probably easier to tolerate sleeping because she is SILENT.

  6. I don’t know what to believe, or what to think, any more.

    It’s clear Harvey made crude advances on young aspiring actresses on the theory that they would not turn him down for a chance at stardom. Even if they did, they would not risk their career prospects by outing him. It’s also likely many of his “advances” were more brazen and bold, coercive and physically demonstrative to the point of assault. The more he got away with, the less concern he had about getting caught. It’s also clear that many of these actresses came back for more opportunities until they became wealthy stars, while a few had the courage to leave and tried to continue their careers, some successfully, while avoiding him.

    It’s also clear that “everyone” after a while, knew about Harvey.

    30 years later, these now famous, wealthy women and men, many made so by Harvey Weinstein, either claim to have known nothing, or put on the mantle of victimhood.

    No doubt the shame of having endured actual assault, rather than an awkward and embarrassing proposition, could conceivably drive these women to hide the truth even as the rumors and Weinstien’s reputation grew in number and scope. Others, not so egregiously assaulted, looking back, can feel a degree of empathy that results in a realization that they were mistreated. whether it rises to the level of assault or not, they join #metoo.

    The line between perpetrator and victim is becoming blurred. it’s blurred by the fact that for 30 years, 70+ women said nothing, and the men they knew, did nothing allowing a truly pathetic pig attempt to use his power to get sexual favors from women that he knew needed him.

    That many people cannot all be that naive, or that scared, or that confused, or that intimidated that it took 30 years for one of them, Rose Mcgowen, to come forward.

    Now it spills over everywhere, much of that is no doubt valid. Some might not be, all of it has the feel of a pile on.

    I don’t know what to believe or to think any more.

  7. Steven Wilson | February 4, 2018 at 9:10 pm |

    Maybe I should say Harvey Dry Humped me for a cool million.

  8. Alan Lindquist | February 4, 2018 at 8:31 pm |

    see that smiling face . I guess she is happy that it happened – now it’s pay day .

  9. Nathan Pinnhead | February 4, 2018 at 4:12 pm |

    Uma is a courageous woman and a role model to other women. She is important to the metoo movement. Everybody loves her.

  10. Deplorable Dirty Harry | February 4, 2018 at 1:15 pm |

    Well interviewing with Harvey got her millions in movie jobs……didnt bother her until her career sucks.

  11. ...remain calm and return fire | February 4, 2018 at 10:53 am |

    Uma couldn’t kick fatso’s azz…..come on, she’s an action hero!

  12. her silence has caused the rape of countless others, that should embarrass her

  13. Justume Samson | February 4, 2018 at 10:24 am |

    “It’s My turn! My turn! Over here! #MeToo!! Over here!! I’m getting on the train now!!! See!!??” (waves hand crazily)

  14. Harold Swift | February 4, 2018 at 6:45 am |

    Did she always rid in the back of the bus??? Last is not always best.

  15. Since they removed it let me try it again….

    Sorry Uma Thurman
    No sympathy. You wh**ed yourself out KNOWING what you were doing to further your career. You asked for it, you wanted it, you got it…now STFU.

    NO SYMPATHY.

  16. Take a number

  17. wonder if he did it each time she needed work?

  18. disqus_VBKaKmUIYx | February 4, 2018 at 2:17 am |

    She was all for it when it happened. She’s only become part of the crowd now that it’s fashionable. She’s just another useless Hollywood pig. And SHE probably raped Weinstein, who can say otherwise?

  19. Poor old Harv. I hope The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation can give him a handout.

  20. Justsayin....... | February 3, 2018 at 7:26 pm |

    These celebrity women ALLOWED this perverted behavior in exchange for stardom. You made your choices that your pride was expendable in exchange for the opportunity to be stars ladies, so get over yourselves. The perpetrators are only a little more perverted than you.

  21. Shane Norkus | February 3, 2018 at 4:33 pm |

    Wait! What? Uma Thurman – Black Mamba, the Bride – of Kill Bill infamy can’t defend herself from a fat Jew like old Harv? C’mon man, where have all the tough broads gone?

    • All the Harvs expect some resistance. The ones that don’t at least fake resistance don’t make it as they’re pegged as real low class whores.

  22. landy fincannon | February 3, 2018 at 3:56 pm |

    Enough whining from the strumpets who advanced their careers on their backs or knees.

    I say hooray to the men and women who declined fame and fortune, for personal integrity

  23. Richard McMeekin | February 3, 2018 at 3:10 pm |

    She doesn’t need a “payday or fame.” Her net worth is 45 million. She has been in film after film during her ongoing career, and is currently being cast in a new film. If she says “he did it” I am inclined to believe her. As to her silence at the time of the alleged rape, Weinstein was a man who could kill your career in a NY second! She is not some has-been seeking 15 minutes of fame!

  24. Sorry Uma Thurman

    No sympathy. You whored yourself out KNOWING what you were doing to further your career. You asked for it, you wanted it, you got it—-so STFU.

    NO SYMPATHY.

  25. 23 years later and she is crying ! What a worthless POS! How many women have been abused and assulted because she did NOTHING when it happened? She wanted the Pay day and the fame so she sacrificed all the women this maggot assulted for 23 years because of her own selfish need. She is as guilty as he is!

    • You’re absolutely right. Appears to be just more ‘look at me’/’remember me’ type PR.
      The blatant hypocrisy is gagging..

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