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Who Is Uma Thurman? Actress Opens Up About Harvey Weinstein

Updated on February 3, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a freelance Canadian writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

Uma Thurman in New York City, on September 15, 2011
Uma Thurman in New York City, on September 15, 2011 | Source

Who is Uma Thurman?

Uma Thurman is a 47-year-old Golden Globe-winning actress and model who first garnered attention when she appeared on the cover of Vogue as a teenage, in the '80s, as reported by My Kali Mag.

However, it was the Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein 1993 breakaway smash, Pulp Fiction, that launched Uma Thurman's career as an internationally recognized superstar. Her Pulp Fiction performance earned a nomination for the 1995 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and led to feature roles in Tarantino's and Weinstein's Kill Bill series.

Thurman has appeared in dozens of films, since her '90s breakthrough, among them a 1998 production of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, where the Boston native portrayed Fantine.

Roger Ebert held that Uma Thurman's Les Misérables performance was "the best element of the movie."

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been central to Thurman's career, has been accused by more than 50 women of sexual misconduct, as reported by The Guardian.

Uma Thurman on Harvey Weinstein

Actress Details Hollywood Mogul's 'Attack'

When asked about Harvey Weinstein, after news of the accusations became public, on the red carpet for her Broadway debut, The Parisian Woman, in October 2017, Uma Thurman was reserved.

"I don't have a tidy soundbite for you," the actress said, "because I have learned — I am not a child — I have learned that, when I have spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself. So, I've been waiting until I feel less angry and when I'm ready, I'll say what I have to say."

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, The New York Times published This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry.

"She has been raped. She has been sexually assaulted. She has been mangled in hot steel. She has been betrayed and gaslighted by those she trusted," writes Maureen Dowd, with the Times.

Uma Thurman retold her story of Harvey Weinstein's first "attack" against her, perpetrated in London, U.K.'s Savoy Hotel, apparently after the release of Pulp Fiction, but before the release of Kill Bill: Volume 1, in 2003.

"It was such a bat to the head," Thurman recounted Weinstein's advances. "He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things. But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard. I was doing anything I could to get the train back on the track. My track. Not his track."

What Is Uma Thurman Doing Now?

Thurman Regrets 'Lambs Walked Into Slaughter'

Uma Thurman recalled receiving yellow roses from Weinstein, the next day, with a note reading, "You have great instincts."

Weinstein, for his part, appears to confirm Uma Thurman's account of the encounter. The actress reportedly considered Harvey Weinstein a close friend until the incident, after which she regarded him "as an enemy."

"Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making a pass at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals in Paris," a statement issued by a representative reads. "He immediately apologized."

Thurman revealed holding a great deal of guilt for "all the women that were attacked after I was."

"I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did. Quentin used Harvey as the executive producer of Kill Bill, a movie that symbolizes female empowerment. And all these lambs walked into slaughter because they were convinced nobody rises to such a position who would do something illegal to you, but they do," Uma Thurman explained.

She noted that, after Weinstein's sexual assault on her, she could only handle his presence in "supervised environments." At one point, she began to believe that she may have "aged out of the window of his assault range."

After Weinstein confirmed to the Times that he had, indeed, apologized to Thurman following the incident, the actress stated, "His therapy must be working."

© 2018 Stephen Sinclair

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