Last year, on Thanksgiving Day, while everyone was having fun with their families, actress Uma Thurman took to her Instagram to wish her fans a happy holiday, saying:
“Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators– I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet) -stay tuned.”
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H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G I am grateful today, to be alive, for all those I love, and for all those who have the courage to stand up for others. I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face. I feel it’s important to take your time, be fair, be exact, so… Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet) -stay tuned Uma Thurman
The post stirred major conversations, especially since Harvey Weinstein had been called out by over 40 women who alleged he sexually assaulted or raped them. No one knew that Thurman was one of his victims. She didn’t tell her story immediately; she had endured a lot of trauma at his hands, and so let him get a taste of the horror of waiting.
And now she has spoken.
Speaking in a lengthy interview with the New York Times, the Kill Bill actress said the disgraced movie producer “attacked” her multiple times throughout the early stages of her career, after the success of Pulp Fiction.
“He used to spend hours talking to me about material and complimenting my mind and validating me. It possibly made me overlook warning signs,” she sadi, adding that the sexual advances began in a Parisian hotel room. “It went right over my head … I didn’t feel threatened. I thought he was being super idiosyncratic, like this was your kooky, eccentric uncle … then I followed him through a door and it was a steam room. And I was standing there in my full black leather outfit — boots, pants, jacket. And it was so hot and I said, ‘This is ridiculous, what are you doing?’ And he was getting very flustered and mad and he jumped up and ran out.”
The physical attack came later, in a London hotel room.
“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,” she said.
She tried to have a concersation with the producer later, in a bar, but his assistants pressured her into meeting him in his room upstairs.
“If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you,” she allegedly told Weinstein when she met him.
And he did attack her.
Her friend, Ilona Herman, recalled how dishevelled Thurman was when she left Weinstein’s room.
“She was very disheveled and so upset and had this blank look,” Herman said. “Her eyes were crazy and she was totally out of control. I shoveled her into the taxi and we went home to my house. She was really shaking.”
As usual, Weinstein’s respresentative denied the accusations, claimed the producer and the actress had a “a flirtatious and fun working relationship.”