Uma Thurman Says Her Assault By Weinstein Was Like "A Bat To The Head"

After months of telling inquiring reporters that she would share her "Weinstein story" when she felt ready Uma Thurman - one of the actresses most closely associated with the Weinstein brothers' Miramax film production studio - has finally opened up to the New York Times about her history of rape and abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein.

Thurman explains she waited for two reasons: She was worried she "might cry" because of the intensely emotional subject matter, and she also felt guilty for being both a victim and an enabler of Weinstein's predation. The two worked on a series of immensely popular films together, beginning with the 1994 blockbuster "Pulp Fiction". Weinstein even introduced her to former President Barack Obama at a fundraiser he hosted for the former president at his house

 

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After more than two decades in the film industry, Thurman is worried that her behavior inadvertently set a precedent that other women followed - willingly and naively walking into the web of a predator.

"The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I fell about all the women that were attacked after I was," she told me one recent night, looking anguished in her elegant apartment in River House on Manhattan's East Side, as she vaped tobacco, sipped white wine and fed empty pizza boxes into the fireplace.

"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. 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."

Thurman, like fellow Weinstein victim Rose McGowan, accused her former agency, Creative Artists Agency, of abetting Weinstein's predatory behavior.

The agency has issued a pubic apology. And Thurman says she feels conflicted about her status as being both a victim and a part of the system that turned a blind eye to this culture of victimization.

Like McGowan, Thurman's history of being assaulted by powerful men in Hollywood began when she was a teenager and just starting her career.

One night when she was 16, Thurman went out in Manhattan and met an actor nearly 20 years her senior. The two went back to his Greenwich Village brownstone for a nightcap.

"I was ultimately compliant," she remembers. "I tried to say no, I cried, I did everything I could do. He told me the door was locked but I never ran over and tried to grab the knob. When I got hoe I remember I stood in front of the mirror and I looked at my hands and I was so mad at them for not being bloody or bruised. Something like that tunes the dial one way or another, right? You become more compliant or less compliant, and I think I became less compliant."

Turning to the subject of Weinstein, Thurman explained how he and his first wife, Eve, befriended her in the aftermath of "Pulp Fiction" - the movie that launched Thurman to stardom.

In a story that by now has become familiar to anybody following the #MeToo movement, Thurman explained how Weinstein groomed her, spending hours discussing film and her career.

Then, one day, they were arguing over a script in a Paris hotel room, when - as Thurman tells it - Weinstein's infamous bathroom came out.

"I didn't feel threatened," she recalls. "I thought he was being super idiosyncratic, like this was your kooky, eccentric uncle."

Her first attack occurred later 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."

The next day, she received a bouquet of flowers from Weinstein with a note that read "you have good instincts." Thurman says she was repulsed.

After that, Thurman soured on Weinstein, but reluctantly continued their working relationship, seeking to minimize her contact with him. Eventually, her repulsion to Weinstein impact her relationship with director Quentin Tarantino. After twice being told about Thurman's assault, Tarantino confronted Weinstein, who eventually offered Thurman what she described as a "half-assed apology."

But Tarantino's increasingly demanding requests of Thurman during the shooting of "Kill Bill" eventually led Thurman to sour on the director. Following a near-fatal accident on the set of "Kill Bill", Thurman says her resentment finally boiled over and she began to despise Tarantino, who in turn began to resent her.

Weinstein is back in Arizona for rehab. He has reportedly been spotted around Los Angeles following the dozens of accusations, and it's believed that at least one of the many law enforcement agencies that are investigating him for potential sexual assault charges will soon move forward with an arrest.

 

 

Comments

PT OCnStiggs Sun, 02/04/2018 - 03:10 Permalink

I'm just so glad that Donald Trump became President becoz otherwise these women may still feel too afraid to speak out.

Due to Prez D Trump?  On the one hand, it sounds ridiculous.  It is hard to find a cause/effect correlation thingy here.  On the other hand, they were silent for so many decades beforehand and yet they all started speaking out in his first year.  I still don't believe they would have come forward if ANY other politician had won.  It is one of those co-incidences I can not believe in.

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All Risk No Reward Lorca's Novena Sun, 02/04/2018 - 08:51 Permalink

>>Exactly. She knew the game and probably figured she wold just have to suck him off...hollywood the land of lies.<<

But that's not really the point, is it?

The real point is how some guy is able to make a rape an employment prerequisite, GET CAUGHT, AND HAVE GOVERNMENT PROTECT HIM FROM PROSECUTION.

That's NOT RANDOM, THAT'S IS A FEATURE OF A PARTICULAR MONEY POWER MONOPOLIST SYSTEM THAT PROVIDE KISS MY *SS CARDS TO THEIR LOYAL QUISLINGS.

Now, you might not like Thurman, BUT IF YOU THINK A SYSTEM THAT CREATES AND PROTECTS SERIAL RAPISTS FOR EMPLOYMENT ISN'T SOMEHOW FORKING YOU (AND ANY DAUGHTERS YOU MAY HAVE, AS WELL AS SONS) OVER, THEN YOU AIN'T THINKING!

Nick Rockefeller offered Aaron Russo a Kiss My *ss card. THEY EXIST! HELLARY HAS ONE (AND YOU CHUMPS THAT THOUGHT SHE WOULD BE PROSECUTED REALLY NEED TO LEARN ABOUT THE MECHANISM OF TYRANNY THAT ENGULFS YOU).

NOTE THAT NONE OF THESE MULTIMILLIONAIRE STARS IS PUBLICLY AND AGGRESSIVELY DEMANDING THE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR THIS SERIAL RAPIST...

**THEY**

**KNOW**

**BETTER**

The system is still in place. And if they can treat multi-millionaires like hoes... actually as hoes... IMAGINE WHAT THEY CAN AND ARE DOING TO YOU OVER THE LONG TERM!

And yes, they will kidnap, torture, and murder your child if they feel like it... but don't worry, someone else will justify it because of some quirk you have that bothers them...

I've seen the enemy and it is the selfish pettiness of ordinary people that prevents ALL ORDINARY PEOPLE FROM HANGING TOGETHER SO THE D*MNED BANKSTERS CAN'T LAUGH AND CHEER AS THEY HANG US ALL, ONE-BY-ONE.

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"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks."
~Lord Acton

“When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”
~Napoleon Bonaparte

"Let the American people go into their debt-funding schemes and banking systems, and from that hour their boasted independence will be a mere phantom."
~William Pitt, (referring to the inauguration of the first National Bank in the United States under Alexander Hamilton).

How To Be a Crook
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oHbwdNcHbc

Poverty - Debt Is Not a Choice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7BTTB4tiEU

Renaissance 2.0 The Rise of [Debt-Money Monopolist] Financial Empire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96c2wXcNA7A

Debunking Money
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iBSBVew-3Y

Krugman (and each MIT economist professor - THEY KNOW AND THEY OCCULT!) is a Goebbelsian propagandist as he covers the crimes of wolves with his fake sheep suit and lisp.

Krugman to Lietaer: "Never touch the money system!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6nL9elK0EY

And It's Gone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGwZVGKG30s

People with good intentions but limited understanding are more dangerous than people with total ill will.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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risk.averse Got The Wrong No Sun, 02/04/2018 - 21:16 Permalink

There were too many actresses who were willing to secum for fame.

"Secum", (verb), what happens when you kneel in front of Harvey's open bathrobe.

(noun) the state of being blinded in a whiteout caused by Harvey's "happy ending"

Week is only a day old but this is the comment of the week! Is is a spoonerism or malapropism? Yogi Berra would be proud! A portmanteau, more likely. Well done! The word should now enter the English language!

[I think he mean't to say "succumb"]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malapropism

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All Risk No Reward Got The Wrong No Mon, 02/05/2018 - 00:08 Permalink

>>The competition is too deep. Fuck or leave is the only option.<<

In a Money Power Monopolist Mega-Corporate Global Fascist Empire, that is EXACTLY correct.

They school us about a New Deal...

Has anyone but me ever pondered about what Old Deal was REPLACED by the New Deal?

Tyranny is a B*, and the velvet gloves are coming off... just ask the folks at Vegas who were shot at, in part, by someone on the black pyramid's capstone...

LOOK AT THIS!!! SHOTS FIRED ON VIDEO AT THE LUXOR HOTEL!! YOU TELL ME!! According to Joe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYa7nz79Y8U

And yes, both reports EXACTLY match both flashes.

Consider it a "calling card" and a form of mockery.

"Although the so-called "moral issues" were raised, in view of the law of natural selection it was agreed that a nation or world of people who will not use their intelligence are no better than animals who do not have intelligence. Such people are beasts of burden and steaks on the table by choice and consent."
~Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
https://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/sw4qw/index.shtml

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any_mouse ufos8mycow Sat, 02/03/2018 - 20:48 Permalink

Rose McGowan was 15 and in a position to be picked by a single adult male.

Drew Barrymore attended adult parties in Manhattan when she was 12. The guests and hosts were using recreational drugs and alcohol.

Where were the responsible parental figures for these young women? Let us hear about the child neglect accusations.

Hollywood is corrupt. Cleanest dirty shirt is the best they can offer.

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Ms No any_mouse Sat, 02/03/2018 - 20:57 Permalink

There probably is childhood abandonment or worse in all of their backgrounds.  Like Corey Feldman said all these kids are raped and many long before they got to Hollywood.  Just because people don't have parents who care about them does not justify having sex with minors or manipulating them because you can.  Most of these kids come from abusive homes as it is.  I've seen studies done on porn stars for example (Rose was in porn like things) they are nearly 100% child rape victims.  It's actually been argued that if you could prevent child rape there would be all the women trying to be in porn.  Kids that runaway from home are usually beaten out of the house or something.  Just because they may be more vulnerable and don't have adult protection doesn't mean they are fair game for abuse.  It will be a felony regardless. 

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All Risk No Reward Ms No Sun, 02/04/2018 - 08:56 Permalink

"Felony."

EXACTLY! Note how nobody is publicly and aggressively calling for criminal prosecution.

Awwwwww, he's in rehab. Po' serial rapist demon-spawn.

The fact is, he's an agent of the Money Power Monopolist Mega-Corporate Global Fascist Empire and they've given him a "Serial Rapist, B*, Kiss My *ss" Card.

I hate to reflect the crassness of these Money Power Sith Lord demons, BUT SOMEONE HAS TO TELL THE DARNED TRUTH!

Aaron Russo discussed the Kiss My *ss card offered to him by Nick Rockefeller in this interview...

Aaron Russo, Reflections and Warnings...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGAaPjqdbgQ

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Laowei Gweilo ufos8mycow Sat, 02/03/2018 - 21:38 Permalink

The actor is not the Weinstein abuse .... 

They met in 1994 ("25 years ago" as both parties reference). And she got to know him (and his wife) at homes and hotel rooms, first, before they were alone in a hotel together. (To talk business.. after she was already famous from Pulp Fiction...)

The "nightcap" was in 1986, and was with an actor that was about 33-35 years old (Harvey was 36 or 37 at the time, not "nearly" 36).

 

And the nightcap incident wasn't the reference abuse...

She admits she let that happen and was compliant, and doesn't call that one "abuse."

I think it's just context for her starting to normalize the way men in Hollywood treat women.

 

You know, I would agree with your point in some cases... a lot of Hollywood vixen flirts who willingly used their sex appeal to climb up the Hollywood ladder ...

And, I know she's an actress ...

But watch the video of her last year hinting at this ... that seething anger and pain, she never even remotely looked that angry or hurt in Kill Bill.

That type of hatred, I'm gonna give that the benefit of the doubt -- especially when we already know the fat pig is a perv.

 

 

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jcaz Laowei Gweilo Sun, 02/04/2018 - 07:53 Permalink

Yep- a lot of this is just self-loathing coming out after so many years.

It's not like this has been some giant secret of the world.   Sitting in rural Iowa in the late 70's,  a friend decided to head to Hollywood after high school.    She was nice looking,  average talent on-stage, so it was no mystery even to us as to how she was going to separate herself from the sea of women looking to get the one or two opportunities for newcomers that pop up every year;

Rose McGowen certainly followed this same path.   Uma Thurman, too.   Oh, did Uma mention that her own mother was a model/actress and surely warned Uma?  Oh, guess Uma forgot about that.......

Whether they were 16 or 26, doesn't really make much difference-  both ages are naive yet determined to get what they want, regardless of the cost.

Weinstein was-and is- a  giant cootie.   You don't go up to a giant cootie's hotel room "for drinks".   You do it because you expect something in return.    Thus the price of selling your soul.

Enjoy your money, Uma- you got exactly what you paid for.

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All Risk No Reward jcaz Sun, 02/04/2018 - 09:04 Permalink

>>Enjoy your money, Uma- you got exactly what you paid for.<<

And the SYSTEMIC PREDATORS rejoice... as their prey bite themselves to pieces.

We shall surely all be hung separately by the Money Power Monopolist Mega-Corporate Global Fascist Empire system because ordinary people simply are incapable of hanging together... EVEN WHEN EMPLOYMENT IS BASED UPON BEING RAPED.

The corruption that results in Hollywood employment being predicated on being raped doesn't end in Hollywood. Hell, it didn't even start in Hollywood.

The same corruption that enables Hollywood casting couches is the same corruption that might kidnap your children, sexually use them, torture them, and then toss them aside, ALL WITH GOVERNMENT ENFORCED PROTECTION. BTW, this applies to any children I might have, too. Corruption is corruption. The Money Power corruption is all pervasive because money-lust is all pervasive.

RATIONAL PEOPLE WANT TO STEP UP AND STOP TYRANNY EVERYWHERE IT BECOMES OBVIOUS... THE ONLY OTHER OPTION IS EVENTUAL SUICIDE FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE.

Isn't this obvious?

The correct interpretation of this is "Money Power Monopolist Assets inflicting human degradation on ordinary people."

And Muppets are rationalizing it away because they don't even comprehend the Big Bankster Picture.

Ordinary people have such a strong tendency towards being morally pathetic and unprincipled.

That needs to change, and it needs to change soon.

"Although the so-called "moral issues" were raised, in view of the law of natural selection it was agreed that a nation or world of people who will not use their intelligence are no better than animals who do not have intelligence. Such people are beasts of burden and steaks on the [Money Power] table by choice and consent."
~Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
https://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/sw4qw/index.shtml

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Son of Loki swamp Sun, 02/04/2018 - 07:00 Permalink

It's still odd to see these left wingers praise Oprah and Hillary, Soweeto bin Bama and his pet Tranny, when they failed to expose these monsters and even now, when all the facts are out, Hillary and Mooshell refuse to condemn rapists like Weinstein.

 

Shows me how screwed up the Dem people are.

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44_shooter ufos8mycow Sun, 02/04/2018 - 08:05 Permalink

Yeah - just like the hoe that went up to Big Mike Tyson’s hotel.  Bitch what you think gonna happen in a hotel room with Mike Tyson? Bible study and swapping recipes?  

At least the sistahs ain’t stupid like white girls are.  They go for one of two reasons - they like celebrity dick, or they know how to get paid.  

Thinking about it, maybe white girls aren’t that stupid either, they just take they payouts over a longer time at the box office.

F all these bitches.

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Rhetorical 38BWD22 Sat, 02/03/2018 - 23:27 Permalink

I disagree, the ones that came out about Weinstein laid on their backs and took one for fame  willingly. Do I like it? No I despise it, but I dont feel sorry for them they got Fame and Fortune for a few minutes use of their holes. They made the trade and were rewarded for it and are now trying to take it back with their reputation intact. 

The real victims are the women that didn't put out for Weinstein and every other casting coucher and lost thier shot at acting despite being talented enough to do so.

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Aerows toocrazy2yoo Sun, 02/04/2018 - 05:04 Permalink

I'm NEVER, EVER going to call an 11 year old boy that gets raped a "whore".  How in the name of GOD can you call an 11 year old boy a "whore" or a "faggot"?

The parents in that situation are the shitbags for not monitoring the situation and teaching their son that confusing things happen in Hollywood.  Not an 11 year old boy.  Are you demented?

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Rhetorical swamp Sun, 02/04/2018 - 06:14 Permalink

Ask Jon Travolta. I dont pay attention to Hollywood at all, see maybe 3 movies a year and even I know hes gay and was fucked in the ass for roles early on. Hes certainly not the only one just start with every Disney and Nickelodeon child star that has had issues with drugs for a start boys and girls. Edit: As far as kids being fucked up the ass thats on the parents and the Hollywood staff not the children. Even a 16 year old gets a pass as there is a massive power and life experience differential in that context despite that being what the age of consent should be.

Hollywood is a kingmaker industry. Who you know, who also likes you  is as important as what you know. In those types of industries is where this kind of shit happens. Its disgusting, by all means clean it up but its not new and everyone knew about it even Meryl feminist bitch.

 Also if we want to get into men vs women on whose got the shittier jobs men are 90% of workplace fatalities and +80% of all injuries. Those are CDC stats. 

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Boxed Merlot swamp Sun, 02/04/2018 - 21:04 Permalink

...Men weren’t required to be assaulted...

I'd beg to differ. Many, if not most are required to do things contrary to what's "known", or at least "taught" to be contrary to a "conscience" when presented with an opportunity to advance by violating a known and acceptable standard of conduct.

I, for one, am glad to see a time when the concept of thinking again when a violation of conscience is seriously inspected and evaluated as an important element as to the ultimate determination of an individual's moment of "self-actualization", and thus setting a course for one's "dying to self" and spiritual "resurrection" to "walk in newness of life".

jmf.

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