In a sudden story in The New York Times, Uma Thurman details sexual assault at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. In the article she accuses her former agency CAA of being “Connected to Weinstein’s predatory behavior”.
Thurman describes what happened during an assault by an unnamed actor 20 years older than her when she was only 16 and she mentions Weinstein’s predatory behavior towards her.
Here is a glimpse of the article:
The first “attack,” came in Weinstein’s suite at the Savoy Hotel in London. “It was such a bat to the head. 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 currently at the time was staying in Fulham with her friend, Ilona Herman, Who is a longtime makeup artist to Robert De Niro. She later worked with Thurman on “Kill Bill.”
“The next day to her house arrived a 26-inch-wide vulgar bunch of roses,” Thurman says. “They were yellow. And I opened the note like it was a soiled diaper and it just said, ‘You have great instincts.'” Then, she says, Weinstein’s assistants started calling again to talk about projects.
She explains that she thought she could clear it up, but it took Herman with her to ask Weinstein to meet her in the Savoy bar. They put Weinstein on the phone to again say it was a misunderstanding and “we have so many projects together.” Finally she agreed to go upstairs, while Herman waited on a settee outside the elevators.
Once the assistants vanished, Thurman says, she warned Weinstein, “If you do what you did to me to other people you will lose your career, your reputation and your family, I promise you.” Her memory of the incident stops there.
Through a representative, Weinstein, who is in therapy in Arizona, agreed that “she very well could have said this.”
Downstairs, Herman was getting nervous. “It seemed to take forever,” the friend told me. Finally, the elevator doors opened and Thurman walked out. “She was very disheveled and so upset and had this blank look,” Herman recalled. “Her eyes were crazy and she was totally out of control. I shoveled her into the taxi and we went home to my house. She was really shaking.” Herman said that when the actress was able to talk again, she revealed that Weinstein had threatened to derail her career.
Weinstein denies all claims in a statement released along with photos of himself and Thurman he says indicate a “strong relationship.”