Kill Bill star Uma Thurman holds producers Lawrence Bender, E. Bennett Walsh, and Harvey Weinstein responsible for covering up her car crash on the film's set. Over the weekend, the New York Times dropped the bombshell of a story, shedding light on the horrific incident in gruesome detail. Prior to filming the scene in which her character, The Bride, drives a blue convertible on her way to kill Bill, Thurman expressed concern that the car wasn't safe and she didn't want to drive. However, Tarantino pressured her into getting behind the wheel, and the accident permanently damaged Thurman's neck and knees.
The news, which was released in conjunction with Thurman's account of being harassed by Weinstein, sent shockwaves through the film community. Tarantino came under heavy criticism for his handling of the situation, as many were upset by the director's recklessness with Thurman's life in an effort to get a shot for a movie. In Thurman's latest comments on the matter, she lays the blame squarely at the feet of Kill Bill's producers while shedding light on Tarantino's actions after the accident.
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Thurman took to Instagram, where she stated while the crash itself was "negligent to the point of criminality," she does not feel it was "malicious." The actress had this to say about Tarantino, who evidently is the one who gave Thurman the footage to expose:
"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."
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.
Thurman went on to explain why Bender, Walsh, and Weinstein deserve the entirety of the blame, saying they destroyed evidence and lied about what took place as part of a coverup. She notes Creative Artists Agency never sent anyone to Mexico (where the accident happened) to investigate and hopes "they look after other clients more respectfully" in the future.
Since the Times piece was published, Tarantino has yet to make an official statement. While we wait to see if he will comment, Thurman's post paints the director in a (slightly) better light than the original story did. Tarantino forcing Thurman to drive an unsafe vehicle is indefensible, and it's beyond troubling it took this long for Thurman to get her hands on the video. However, it is encouraging to see Tarantino ultimately opted to do what was right regardless of the consequences.
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