The actress made good on that promise, over the course of two interviews in her New York apartment with Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
“The complicated feeling I have about Harvey is how bad I feel about all the women that were attacked after I was,” Thurman said. “I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did.”
Thurman detailed occasions on which she rebuffed Weinstein’s advances. “He pushed me down,” she said. “He tried to shove himself on me.”
Weinstein issued a statement to the Times saying that he “acknowledges making a pass at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals in Paris.” After the story published on Saturday, Weinstein issued a new statement denying the allegation that he physically assaulted Thurman. According to the statement there was no physical contact during what Weinstein’s spokeswoman described as an “awkward pass” following a flirtatious exchange. Weinstein’s attorney Ben Brafman is expected to issue a more detailed response later.
In the interview, Thurman also recounts a traumatic event on the set of “Kill Bill,” where she was injured in a car crash after being coerced into filming her own stunt by director Quentin Tarantino. After the accident — and an ensuing fight with Tarantino — Thurman said she went from “from being a creative contributor and performer to being like a broken tool.”
“Personally,” the actress said, “it has taken me 47 years to stop calling people who are mean to you ‘in love’ with you.”