The 2003 chat included an nearly eight-minute defense by the Pulp Fiction director of Roman Polanski.
Robin Quivers was heard telling Tarantino that Polaski's victim had been plied with quaaludes and alcohol before her assault, adding that she did not want to have sex with much-older Polaski. "It was statutory rape", Tarantino told the shock jock. "Throwing the word "rape" around is like throwing the word "racist" around", he continued. It doesn't apply to everything people use it for ...
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He also rejected the seriousness of Polanski drugging the girl before raping her. "He was guilty of having sex with a minor". "I thought, if I get this footage to her and she puts it out there in the world, that a crash expert can look at it and determine exactly what happened on that road".
"We're talking about America's morals, we're not talking about the morals in Europe and everything", he said.
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Thurman told The New York Times, in an interview published this weekend, that Tarantino "confronted Harvey" over Weinstein's alleged misconduct, and that Weinstein gave her a "half-assed apology" afterward.
As Tarantino tells it, Thurman reached out to him earlier this year requesting the raw footage of the crash. "It wasn't secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things", said Tarantino to the New York Times last October after the news of Weinstein's years of sexual misconduct were made public. Thurman alleged that Tarantino yelled at her, spit on her and even choked her at one point during the process, bullying her into driving the auto despite her protests. "That was one of my most horrendous mistakes, that I didn't take the time to run the road, one more time, just to see what I would see". I didn't know any of that was necessarily going on. While Tarantino called the crash "the biggest regret of my life, getting her to do that stunt" in the lengthy interview, he said that the spit and the choke were just part of the way he works - and evoked a scene he shot with Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds in his defense.
Polanski will be a key character in Tarantino's next film, a dramatisation of the 1969 Manson Family killings, which saw members of Charles Manson's cult break into the director's Hollywood home and kill his heavily pregnant wife, actor Sharon Tate. The Times published the raw footage which shows Thurman crashing, holding her head and then being helped out of the auto. She's talked about it since, 'No, he didn't really do anything to me.
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