NEW YORK — Hollywood actress Uma Thurman has joined the growing group of women accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and said that she was sexually abused and raped by Weinstein.
More than 70 women have accused the movie mogul of sexual misconduct, including rape so far.
Actress Thurman, an early star of Weinstein’s Miramax studio thanks to iconic roles in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Kill Bill’, has accused the Hollywood producer of attacking her and threatening her career.
Thurman told The New York Times in an article published Saturday that Weinstein tried to sexually assault her when they met in his suite at London’s Savoy Hotel in 1994.
In an interview, she said, “He used to spend hours talking to me about the material and complimenting my mind and validating me. It possibly made me overlook warning signs. This was my champion. I was never any kind of studio darling. He had a chokehold on the type of films and directors that were right for me.”
The first incident happened at his suite in Savoy hotel in London where the producer tried to force himself on Thurman and molested her, reported The New York Times.
Thurman said she got to know Weinstein and his first wife, Eve, after the success of the film ‘Pulp Fiction’, which was produced by Weinstein’s company.
“I knew him pretty well before he attacked me,” Thurman said in the article. She said she privately regarded Weinstein as an enemy after that.
The actress severed all ties with him immediately after the incident and, on the other hand, Weinstein stopped doing any projects with her.
Later, she received a bouquet of yellow roses from the producer along with a note saying, ‘You have great instincts.’
In return, she offered to meet Weinstein in a hotel room to clear the matter. That was the time when she was assaulted.
The producer apparently pressurised the actor to not reveal about the incident as he threatened her with leaking their pictures, she revealed during the interview.
The production of the movie ‘Kill Bill’ again brought Thurman and Weinstein together.
Thurman confided in their director Quentin Tarantino about the incident at Paris hotel, who further confronted Harvey and that ended their abusive work relationship.
With Agency Inputs