Audio of Quentin Tarantino defending Roman Polanski of having sex with a 13-year-old resurfaces
An audio recording of an interview in which Quentin Tarantino is heard defending Roman Polanski, who plead guilty to having had sex with a 13-year-old. “She was down with it,” Tarantino is heard saying.Updated: Feb 07, 2018 14:43 IST
A day after expressing regret for his part in Uma Thurman’s accident on the set of Kill Bill, a 2003 interview in which director Quentin Tarantino is heard defending Roman Polanski, who plead guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor, resurfaced online. First arrested in 1977, Polanski fled from the United States to Paris and has since been living in Switzerland. The resurfaced audio - recorded during an episode of the Howard Stern Show - comes to light soon after Tarantino announced that Polanski would be playing a part in his new film, based around the infamous murder of Polanski’s then wife, Sharon Tate.
In the interview, republished by Jezebel, Tarantino is heard defending Polanski against the charges made against him. Stern asked the same question then that has been on the everyone’s mind now, that why does Tarantino defend “this mad man, this director who raped a 13-year-old.”
“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old,” was the Pulp Fiction director’s reply. “It was statutory rape...he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down—it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.”
Tarantino has often been accused of racism in his movies, and for using the ‘n-word’ repeatedly.
He was reminded that Polanski had allegedly drugged the girl before having sex with her, which Tarantino vehemently countered. “No, that was not the case at all. She wanted to have it and dated the guy,” he said. “And by the way,” he continued, “we’re talking about America’s morals, not talking about the morals in Europe and everything.”
“She was down with this.”
Tarantino has been making headlines recently for another resurfaced piece of evidence, a video from the set of his 2003 film, Kill Bill, in which star Uma Thurman can be seen crashing a car into a tree. In a New York Times story, Thurman accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, and of covering up the injuries she received after the crash. She said that she had voiced concerns to Tarantino, who coerced her into doing the stunt on an unsafe stretch of road. The injuries left her knees permanently damaged. While she acknowledged Tarantino’s remorse - the director said that the incident was “one of the biggest regrets of my life” and made the footage available to her as an act of atonement - she also didn’t let Weinstein off the hook.
Tarantino is said to be courting Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio for his new movie. Polanski, meanwhile, continues to direct films and is based in Europe.
Tarantino’s comments have attracted a backlash on Twitter:
Quentin Tarantino doesn't believe Roman Polanski is a rapist.— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) February 6, 2018
"He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape...he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down..."https://t.co/jSDHWWU3p2
Quentin Tarantino has had to endure more than any man should.....— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 6, 2018
Just Kidding! You want to talk about being complicit? Unlike most folks in Hollywood, Quentin actually knew Harvey was a rapist. He did nothing. https://t.co/Q8wB7nO5w6
Dear Hollywood, next time you give Tarantino an award, you are rewarding a pedophile apologist. https://t.co/yEubU98rMs— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 6, 2018
SORRY YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS FUCK QUENTIN TARANTINO YOU ARE FUCKING CANCELLED. https://t.co/ucjMfftBdO— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) February 6, 2018
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First Published: Feb 07, 2018 14:43 IST