Quentin Tarantino responded publicly late yesterday to his former girlfriend Uma Thurman, following a New York Times story (IAB posted it here) in which the actress said her Kill Bill director made her perform a driving stunt that resulted in her being injured in a car crash. The video of the crash is down below.
Tarantino told Deadline Hollywood that, in hindsight, making Thurman drive in the remote South American scenes was "one of the biggest regrets of my career" and admitted that he "rolled my eyes and was irritated" when he heard of Thurman’s reluctance to do it. The director insisted he didn’t force Thurman to get in the dubious convertible, but "I told her it would be safe and it wasn’t. I was wrong." Thurman posted footage of the crash on Instagram on Monday, saying Tarantino was "deeply regretful and remains remorseful" over the incident.
i post this clip to memorialize it’s full exposure in the nyt by Maureen Dowd. the circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality. i do not believe though with malicious intent. Quentin Tarantino, was deeply regretful and remains remorseful about this sorry event, and gave me the footage years later so i could expose it and let it see the light of day, regardless of it most likely being an event for which justice will never be possible. he also did so with full knowledge it could cause him personal harm, and i am proud of him for doing the right thing and for his courage. THE COVER UP after the fact is UNFORGIVABLE. for this i hold Lawrence Bender, E. Bennett Walsh, and the notorious Harvey Weinstein solely responsible. they lied, destroyed evidence, and continue to lie about the permanent harm they caused and then chose to suppress. the cover up did have malicious intent, and shame on these three for all eternity. CAA never sent anyone to Mexico. i hope they look after other clients more respectfully if they in fact want to do the job for which they take money with any decency.