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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.

Quentin Tarantino Speaks Out About Uma Thurman 'Kill Bill' Crash: 'It Is The Biggest Regret of My Life'

Quentin Tarantino is opening up about Uma Thurman‘s Kill Bill car crash that almost killed her.

In an in-depth interview with Deadline, the 54-year-old director admits that he is “guilty” for putting Uma in the car “but not the way that people are saying I am guilty of it.”

“It’s the biggest regret of my life, getting her to do that stunt,” Quentin explained.

Quentin went on to explain that he did not force Uma to drive the car and he truly believed it to be safe.

“None of us ever considered it a stunt. It was just driving. None of us looked at it as a stunt. Maybe we should have, but we didn’t. I’m sure when it was brought up to me, that I rolled my eyes and was irritated. But I’m sure I wasn’t in a rage and I wasn’t livid. I didn’t go barging into Uma‘s trailer, screaming at her to get into the car,” Quentin said.

He added, “I told her it would be safe. And it wasn’t. I was wrong. I didn’t force her into the car. She got into it because she trusted me. And she believed me.”

Quentin noted that while they are still unsure why the accident occurred, it may have been in part due to a last minute change in the cars direction on the path.

“It was heartbreaking. Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life,” Quentin said.

Read all that Quentin had to say on Deadline.com.

Uma Thurman Elaborates on 'Kill Bill' Car Accident, Doesn't Blame Quentin Tarantino

Uma Thurman is speaking out to give more information on what happened after she was injured in a car accident on the Kill Bill set and explain why she forgives director Quentin Tarantino.

The actress spoke to The New York Times for an interview released this past weekend, in which she claimed Tarantino forced her to do the car stunt against her will.

The car crashed into a palm tree and Uma says she still experiences neck and knee pain from the injuries she suffered.

“i post this clip to memorialize it’s full exposure in the nyt by Maureen Dowd,” Uma wrote on Instagram with a clip of the car stunt gone wrong. “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,” she said. “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,” Uma added. “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.”

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Uma Thurman Reveals She Almost Died in a Stunt That Quentin Tarantino Made Her Do

Uma Thurman has accused director Quentin Tarantino of forcing her to perform a stunt on the set of Kill Bill that almost killed her.

The actress told the New York Times that she was four days away from finishing the nine-month shoot for the two films when Tarantino said she would be driving the blue convertible and not a stunt performer.

Uma didn’t feel comfortable driving the car and says a teamster led her to believe the car might not be working well.

Quentin came in my trailer and didn’t like to hear no, like any director,” she says. “He was furious because I’d cost them a lot of time. But I was scared. He said: ‘I promise you the car is fine. It’s a straight piece of road.’”

Quentin told her to “‘hit 40 miles per hour or your hair won’t blow the right way and I’ll make you do it again.’ But that was a deathbox that I was in. The seat wasn’t screwed down properly. It was a sand road and it was not a straight road.”

In video footage shared by the Times, Uma can be seen driving down a winding road and then crash into a tree. “The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me. I felt this searing pain and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again.’ When I came back from the hospital in a neck brace with my knees damaged and a large massive egg on my head and a concussion, I wanted to see the car and I was very upset. Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me. And he was very angry at that, I guess understandably, because he didn’t feel he had tried to kill me.”

Uma says that it took her 15 years for her to obtain the footage and that Miramax tried to get her to sign a document “releasing them of any consequences of my future pain and suffering” in exchange for the footage. She didn’t sign it.

“When they turned on me after the accident, I went from being a creative contributor and performer to being like a broken tool,” Uma said.

Make sure to also read what Uma said in the article about being attacked by producer Harvey Weinstein, who produced the Kill Bill movies.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Quentin Tarantino Movie About Charles Manson!

Leonardo DiCaprio might be involved in Quentin Tarantino‘s new movie about Charles Manson!

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The 43-year-old actor may be uniting with his Django Unchained collaborator for the upcoming movie, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Although the specific plot details are still being kept under tight wraps, the movie is reportedly set in 1969, and in some way involves Charles and the murder of Sharon Tate.

Sony picked up the rights to the movie after a studio bidding war, and it is set to hit theaters on August 9, 2019 – the 50th anniversary of the murders of Sharon and her friends by the Manson cult followers.