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Quentin Tarantino Under Fire for Defending Roman Polanski in Resurfaced Interview: 13-Year-Old 'Wanted to Have It'

Quentin Tarantino Under Fire for Defending Roman Polanski in Resurfaced Interview: 13-Year-Old 'Wanted to Have It'

Director Quentin Tarantino is under fire for comments he made about director Roman Polanski and the rape of a 13-year-old child in the 1970s.

If you don’t know, Polanski was arrested in 1977 for rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14. Polanski plead “guilty,” but fled the country.

Now, a 2003 Howard Stern interview with Tarantino has resurfaced, and his quotes about the victim are causing controversy.

“She wanted to have it,” Tarantino said.

“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old,” he said. “It was statutory rape. That’s not quite the same thing. … He had sex with a minor, all right. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down.”

“Throwing the word ‘rape’ around is like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything that people use it for. He was guilty of having sex with a minor…She wanted to have it and dated the guy,” Quentin continued. “And by the way, we’re talking about America’s morals, we’re not talking about the morals in Europe and everything.”

Howard then interjected, “Wait a minute. If you have sex with a 13-year-old girl and you’re a grown man, you know that that’s wrong.”

Tarantino replied, “Look, she was down with this…She’s talked about it since, ‘No, he didn’t really do anything to me. It was a technicality for being 13.’”

“Would you ever seduce a 13-year-old with pills and booze?” Howard asked the director.

“No, no, no, again you’re killing him with the pills and booze thing,” Tarantino responded. “But the situation was not that she was against all this. She was down to party with Roman.”

You can listen to the interview here.

Tarantino has been in the news this week after Uma Thurman came forward about a stunt the director made her do for Kill Bill where she said she almost died.

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  • Wen.M

    And technically he didn’t say anything wrong.

  • moody

    So we’re digging up 15 year old interviews? I hope all the diggers and accusers are SAINTS and have never said or done anything wrong in their lives.

  • Sansa Squad

    He’s disgusting. Abusers protect abusers and sadly we all know he’s not alone in his thinking. Statutory rape laws (the “technicality” he’s referring to) exist for a reason… You are not capable of making informed decisions, especially when being manipulated by an adult, at that age… You can’t know you want something when you don’t understand the consequences. Leave children tf alone!!!!!

  • Stoni

    Roman is gross. His wife who was murdered was gorgeous.

  • Ash

    Quentin was right. Roman did not rape that girl, he seduced her and had sex with her consensually. It’s not right but it was not rape either.

  • FerCat

    I guess people forget that the industry as a whole defends Polanski.

  • Andon

    Not true. Her parents pimped her out. It was not with her consent.

  • Silly People

    Giving a child enough booze and drugs to make her easy to have sex with is not consent. It’s predatory and disgusting. Sounds like you should stay away from kids too.

  • Silly People

    Gross Quentin, gross.

  • Vanity

    I can’t believe that this has to be explained to most people.. children cannot differentiate most times with what is right or wrong.. this young girl was RAPED. coerced & manipulated into have sex with an old man.. lets not forget that Polanski has more than 1 accuser of rape. 5 other woman have come forward all under the age of 16 as young as 9. yeah hes not a pedophile rapist.. un real.

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  • cafeast

    Pls. What he says is indefensible.

  • quartzoup

    When I was 13 I also wanted to party with the older guys. Thank god I had 5 older brothers to protect me from myself. Quentin is such an immoral creep.

  • curious

    Wonder if his film about Polanski & Sharon Tate’s murder will get made now. It’s not a good look. At all. Margot Robbie is all about supporting women in Hollywood. Interested to see if she pulls out of this Leo movie.

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  • Ash

    Yes it’s disgusting and horrible to say the least but it was not rape. So by saying that you accused me as a pedo as well? FUCK YOU for being ignorant. Look up the definition of rape bitch!

  • Silly People

    Lol Perhaps you should look up the definition and the details of the case, bitch. You are clearly the ignorant one.

    Polankski was charged by a grand jury with rape by use of drugs, sodomy, lewd and lascivious acts on a child and giving a child drugs. He got a plea deal to save the child/victim going through trial.
    And newsflash creep, he didn’t “seduce” her, he drugged her. She was a child. Children can’t consent. That you think he seduced her (lol) proves you should stay away from kids.

  • MyName

    Yes, they have for too long which is why it’s #Time’sUp.

  • MyName

    Yes, they have for too long which is why it’s #Time’sUp.

  • C.C.

    666 Gothic,let’s go over Roman on ap(eals,so whats he thinking.