Uma Thurman claims Quentin Tarantino strangled and spat on her while filming 'Kill Bill'

  • In an interview with The New York Times, actress Uma Thurman said Quentin Tarantino, who directed her in “Kill Bill,” made her do a stunt she wasn’t comfortable performing.
  • The stunt resulted in a car crash, and Thurman suffered injuries from it.
  • Thurman also said Tarantino spat on her and choked her in order to get a better performance.
  • Women in Hollywood and other celebrities have come forward in her support, criticising Tarantino for his techniques.

Over the weekend, Uma Thurman accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She also said that Quentin Tarantino, who directed her in “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” (both produced by Weinstein), mistreated her on set.

Thurman’s story inspired celebrities to criticise Tarantino for his tactics, including actress Jessica Chastain who wrote on Twitter, “How many images of women in media do we celebrate that showcase abuse? When did this become normalized ‘entertainment’?”

In an interview with The New York Times, Thurman shared a video of a car stunt on the set of “Kill Bill” that she said Tarantino pressured her to do. Thurman said the stunt resulted in a concussion and injured knees for her, because the car crashed. Thurman provided a video of the crash to the Times.

Thurman also said that during shooting Tarantino spat in her face and strangled her with chains to get the performance he wanted out of her.

(Tarantino did not respond to requests for comment from the Times, and has not publicly commented since.)

After the interview was published, Hollywood stars shared their thoughts on Tarantino’s tactics:

Jessica Chastain


Reese Witherspoon

Judd Apatow

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Evan Rachel Wood

Asia Argento

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