By Jasmine Washington
Late last year, Uma Thurman made it clear that she would not be speaking on the accusations against disgraced Hollywood exec Harvey Weinstein until she was less angry. Well, the time has come, and the Oscar nominated actor isn’t holding back.
During an interview with The New York Times, Thurman revealed that she too was sexually assaulted by the former movie mogul. She accuses Weinstein of trying to force himself on her and exposing himself in different hotel rooms.
The first instance of assault, came after the success of Thurman’s breakout role in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. “It was such a bat to the head…He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me,” she explained. “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.”
Thurman went on to reveal that Weinstein sent her over roses as an apology the following day.
Dishing on the truth behind her decision to wait until she was less “angry,” Thurman added, “I used the word ‘anger’ but I was more worried about crying, to tell you the truth… I was not a groundbreaker on a story I knew to be true. So what you really saw was a person buying time.”
Expressing the guilt she faced for waiting so long to come forward, Thurman added, “I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone… All these lambs walked into the slaughter because they were convinced nobody rises to such a position who would do something illegal to you, but they do… I stand as both a person who was subjected to it and a person who was then also part of the cloud cover.”
Back in November, Thurman threw major shade Weinstein’s way while wishing her followers a Happy Thanksgiving. “Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet,” she wrote.
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
Reps for Harvey Weinstein have come forward in the wake of Thurman’s interview. According to a statement released to People, Weinstein “made an awkward pass” at the actress. “Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologized and deeply regrets… However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue.”
Over 60 women have come forward accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The former executive has since been fired from his The Weinstein Company’s board of directors due to the allegations.
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