“It was such a bat to the head,” Thurman told the New York Times of an incident she says took place in a London hotel room not long after the release of “Pulp Fiction.”
“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.”
Thurman claims Weinstein sent her flowers the next day.
She says she later confronted Weinstein, saying, “If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you.”
Thurman says she doesn’t remember anything else about that interaction, but a friend who was waiting for her downstairs told the Times that Thurman’s “eyes were crazy and she was totally out of control.” He said Thurman told him that Weinstein had threatened her career.
A spokesperson for Weinstein released a statement to The Blast in response to the New York Times article:
We have pulled a number of images that demonstrate the strong relationship Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Thurman had had over the years and we wish the New York Times would have published them.
Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms. Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologized and deeply regrets. However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue. And this is the first time we have heard those details.
There was no physical contact during Mr. Weinstein’s awkward pass and Mr. Weinstein is saddened and puzzled as to “why” Ms. Thurman, someone he considers a colleague and a friend, waited 25 years to make these allegations public, noting that he and Ms. Thurman have shared a very close and mutually beneficial working relationship where they have made several very successful film projects together.
This is the first time we are hearing that she considered Mr. Weinstein an enemy and the pictures of their history tell a completely different story.
There will be more are detailed response later from Mr. Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman.