The director was criticised after Thurman revealed she suffered concussion and damaged knees on the set of the 2003 movie.
Uma Thurman gave an interview to New York Times last week in which she discussed a car crash that occurred on the set of Kill Bill. She also shared a video of the incident on her Instagram page to coincide with the piece, calling it 'negligent to the point of criminality'. Check out the video here:
i post this clip to memorialize it’s full exposure in the nyt by Maureen Dowd. 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. 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. 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.
Quentin Tarantino has now responded to the article and the video.
"I knew that the piece was happening. Uma and I had talked about it, for a long period of time, deciding how she was going to do it. She wanted clarity on what happened in that car crash, after all these years," he said in an interview with Deadline.
"None of us ever considered it a stunt. It was just driving," he recalled. Thurman said she voiced her concerns about driving the vehicle on a sandy road.
"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," said Tarantino.
He added that the pair "weren’t estranged" but that it took a few years for the “Quentin and Uma” double act to return to what it was.
"It affected me and Uma for the next two to three years. It wasn’t like we didn’t talk. But a trust was broken."
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