Uma Thurman Calls Out Harvey Weinstein & 2 More Hollywood Producers For That 'Kill Bill' Car Crash On Instagram — VIDEO
On Feb. 5, two days after details about the incident were published in a New York Times op-ed, Uma Thurman released the Kill Bill car crash video on Instagram, and is holding three Hollywood producers accountable for its alleged subsequent cover-up. According to the caption on Thurman's post, the video was released to her from Kill Bill director, Quentin Tarantino, more than 15 years after the crash occurred.
Thurman called out those producers — Harvey Weinstein, Lawrence Bender, and E. Bennett Walsh— in her Feb. 5 post, alleging that they prevented details about the accident from going public. Bustle reached out to reps for Bender, and Walsh for comment on Thurman's post, but did not receive an immediate response.
Update: A spokesperson for Weinstein issued to the following statement to Bustle on Monday night:
Earlier: In the video Thurman posted — which was recorded from the perspective of a camera mounted in the car's back seat — the actress can be seen driving Kill Bill's famous blue convertible at high-speeds through a heavily-wooded area. Thurman appears to lose control of the car while veering off a path, causing it to slam into a palm tree. Her body abruptly whips to the right, and her reaction to the pain caused by the accident is immediate. She can be seen holding the side of her head, which was injured upon impact, and her breath remains shallow and rapid as crew members rush to her aid.
In the caption for the Instagram video, Thurman claimed that "the circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality" — though not, she believes, "with malicious intent." In Dowd's op-ed for the Times, Thurman shared the video, and told Dowd that Tarantino reportedly repeatedly pressured her to do the dangerous driving scene herself — even after she expressed her discomfort and told the film's producers she'd prefer it be done by a professional stunt person.
After Thurman spoke to the Times about Tarantino's alleged on-set negligence in regards to the stunt (as well as claiming that the director allegedly spat in her face and choked her with chains in order to motivate her performance), several celebrities — including Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Judd Apatow, and Evan Rachel Wood — took to social media to express their outrage about the alleged abuse. Thurman's Instagram post, however, appears to convey at least partial forgiveness towards Tarantino, for his part in the alleged cover-up.
While Tarantino, Weinstein, Bender, and Walsh have yet to publicly comment on Thurman's accusations, the fact remains that abuse of all kinds has been rampant in Hollywood for several decades.