Tarantino has been under intense scrutiny in the wake of a New York Times interview in which Kill Bill whiz Uma Thurman accuses the director of pressuring her into an unsafe stunt, as well as eventually failing to protect her from Harvey Weinstein. Tarantino, who has admitted in the past to know “enough” about the sex crime allegations against Weinstein” to do more than I did ,” is a response to Thurman’s testimony with guarantees that he had personally atoned. Reflecting on” how Harvey was able to do all the things he did ,” Tarantino told Deadline ,” I’ve already dealt with my…complacency ,” adding,” One of the things that has happened in this whole situation is there is a lot of staring in the reflect. And thinking about, how did you think about things during that time? What did you do in that time ?”
An unearthed time from a Howard Stern interview reactions those questions, summarizing exactly how Tarantino was just thinking about sex transgression in 2003. In the audio, Stern questions Tarantino about” this director who raped a 13 -year-old .” Tarantino goes on to passionately defend Polanski, saying,” He didn’t rape a 13 -year-old. It was statutory rape … he had sexuality with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word crime, you’re talking about violent, hurling them down–it’s like one of the most violent crimes in countries around the world. You can’t hurl the word abuse around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t is related to everything beings use it for .” Later on, he insisted that,” She wanted to have it and dated the person .” Even when pressed on some of the details of the incident–like Polanski granting the 13 -year-old girl in question” booze and pills” before crimes her–Tarantino concluded,” Look, she was down with this .”
This stunning audio is a relic from a age when it was not uncommon, or even specially frowned upon, for famous people to protect their far-famed, rapist pals. And no convicted rapist was protected as ardently as Roman Polanski, the beloved head who managed to literally and figuratively outrun his past for years. Polanski’s well-known action cores around an accident that occurred in 1977. Polanski was photographing Samantha Geimer, a 13 -year-old aspiring actress, for a French Vogue photoshoot. Harmonizing to Geimer’s grand jury evidence, the famed chairman informed her to take her top off during the session.” She had neat tits ,” Polanski wrote.” I took pictures of her changing and topless .”
A few months later, Polanski constructed another appointment with Geimer. He took her to Jack Nicholson’s house where, according to The New Yorker ,” Polanski spouted glasses of Cristal champagne” and” began taking photographs of Samantha sipping the champagne .” Later, Polanski offered Geimer part of a Qualuude, which she took. She testified that,” I contemplate I must have been fairly drunk or else I wouldn’t have .” According to Geimer, she asked to leave multiple times, and told Polanski” no, stop” in all regions of the ensuing carnal abuse. Polanski pled guilty to felony statutory rape, and ultimately fled the country.
In September 2009, as The Daily Beast previously reported,” Polanski was en route to the Zurich Film Festival–where he was set to receive a lifetime achievement award–when he was arrested by Swiss police on a U.S. seize authorize related to his 1977 guilty request .” This incident led to Hollywood’s infamous petition in the defence of Roman Polanski, which was signed by 138 entertainment industry heavyweights.
As The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern noted last year,” Despite his sexual-assault conviction, Hollywood’s -Alisters have continued to troop to[ Polanski’s] films. There was Harrison Ford in 1988′ s Frantic ; Hugh Grant toplining 1992′ s Bitter Moon ; Johnny Depp’s star turn in 1999′ s The Ninth Gate ; Ewan McGregor as a tortured scribe in 2010′ s The Ghost Writer ; and Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster in 2011′ s Carnage . Polanski even had a cameo as a Paris police commissioner who holds Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan thorough cavity examines in the 2007 studio humor Traffic jam 3 .”
But beyond acceptance in Hollywood, a deeper dive into Polanski’s most insistent -Alist apologists now speaks like a who’s who of accused abusers and clearly complicit dudes. Like Tarantino, Harvey Weinstein himself flatly defended the director. In a 2009 op-ed in The Independent , the now thoroughly humiliation creator clarified,” Thierry Fremaux, the director of the Cannes film festival, and I are calling on every US filmmaker to lobby against any move to accompany Polanski back to the US, where he could face life in prisons .” He continued,” Whatever you think about the so-called crime, Polanski has provided his time .”
In the same op-ed, Weinstein recalled taking Tarantino with him” to a extremely private screening of the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, which presents some of the law irregularities of his event .” The Weinstein Company bought the international administer privileges to that documentary. Weinstein then mentioned another -Alister, writing,” When Martin Scorsese was up to win best chairman for Gangs of New York , we faced Polanski and The Pianist . We were campaigning difficult for Marty because “hes never” won good director, but when Marty lost to Roman, he turned to me and said:’ I’m so happy right now. Of all the people in countries around the world that I’d want to lose to, it’s Roman. You have to understand that Polanski’s cinemas have influenced me as an artist all these years and his terrible political situation has been something we have all had to abide through. We triumphed because Roman acquired .'”
Weinstein’s request on Polanski’s behalf has recently been amended with an editor’s note which speaks,” This article was wrote some years before allegations regarding sexual abuse were made against its columnist .”
A 2009 Los Angeles Times article about the Polanski case reported that Weinstein was ” not convinced public opinion is running against the filmmaker and rejects the categorization of Hollywood as amoral .”
” Hollywood has the best moral compass, since it had tendernes ,” Weinstein told the Los Angeles Times .” We were the people who did the fundraising telethon for the victims of 9/11. We were there for the victims of Katrina and any world-wide calamity .”
While Weinstein was one of Polanski’s most vocal advocates, he wasn’t his only -Alist ally–nor was he the only one to later be accused of wrongdoing himself. Johnny Depp insisted in 2010 that” Roman is not a piranha ,” continuing,” He’s 75 or 76 years old. He has got two beautiful kids, he has got a wife that he has been with for a long, long time. He is not out on the street .” He also echoed widespread thoughts about Polanski’s arrest, saying,” Why now? Undoubtedly there is something going on somewhere. Mortal has made a deal with someone. Maybe there was a little money involved, but why now ?” Depp has since been accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
The 2009 petition calling for Polanski’s release was notably signed by Woody Allen, Alexander Payne, and Asia Argento. Argento, a Weinstein accuser, were later tweeted a statement in which she wrote,” I already repented signing the petition years ago, already felt it was a mistake. No apologizes … He is a filmmaker whose effort I admired vastly. I still do. But if I ever find him, I will spit in his face .”
In an October tweet, Argento shared a drawing of Polanski, accused serial sex harasser James Toback, and the ever outspoken Alec Baldwin together at Cannes in 2012. Baldwin tweeted that the interview that photograph documented has just taken place” BEFORE these recent allegations “– a reference to the fact that four more females has now been come forward to accuse Polanski of sexual assault.
Argento isn’t the only surprising fame in Polanski’s deep terrace of advocates. Mia Farrow flew to London in 2005 to vouch on Polanski’s behalf in a libel contest against Vanity Fair , after the periodical alleged that the chairman propositioned a woman immediately before his late wife’s funeral. Farrow reportedly told the jury,” I feel there’s a big distinction–for men maybe–between relationships and having sex. I don’t see that as disrespect of Sharon…I would attest that on a stack of Bibles .” Perhaps more infamously, Whoopi Goldberg proclaimed on The View in 2009 that Polanski’s wars weren’t “rape-rape.” She elaborated,” It was something else but I don’t believe it was rape-rape. He went to jail and when they give him out he was like,’ You know what, this guy’s going to give me a hundred years in jail. I’m not staying .’ So that’s why he left .”
While Goldberg’s ridiculous distinction was taunted at the time, it’s worth noting that she was far from the only Hollywood heavyweight who was unabashedly pro-Polanski. Knowing what we know now, these justifications seem even sleazier and more indefensible.