Television and radio presenter Jameela Jamil has criticised Quentin Tarantino for casting ‘attacker’ Emile Hirsch in his forthcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Hirsch, who joined a star-studded cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds and Dakota Fanning and more, will play the role of Jay Sebring.
However, Jamil has hit out at Tarantino’s decision to include Hirsch after he was arrested for attacking a woman three years ago. That woman, it seems, was Jamil’s best friend.
“Cool. Emile Hirsch strangled my tiny female best friend until she blacked out at a party in front of dozens of witnesses at Sundance Film Festival (and was convicted) but Tarantino just cast him in a movie,” she wrote on Twitter, branding the move as an “intense case of rich white male privilege.”
She continued to say that Hirsch “Left her with three years of PTSD and never paid for her treatment, and still hasn’t apologized to her,” she added.
Court papers say that Hirsch approached Daniele Bernfeld at Tao Nightclub and asked why she looked “so tough” before allegedly adding that he called the woman a “rich kid who should not be at Sundance”.
Hirsch is then said to have grabbed Bernfeld. The court papers say she pushed him away, only for Hirsch to follow her and put her in a chokehold from behind.
Jamil then added: “Today has been a slightly intense day. I am extremely moved by the support for my friend. I hope Emile does right by her. I hope if he does not, the cast moves away from him. By celebrating men who hurt women, we tell men and women, it is ok to hurt women. Time’s up on this shit.”
She added: “Let’s cast actors who haven’t assaulted any women, and teach the next generation that assaulting women isn’t just a “mistake”, it’s a career ending decision. People should absolutely be able to find jobs after prison, just not in huge Hollywood films being paid so well and treated like royalty.
“Let’s change our messaging and keep to the promises of the Time’s Up movement. To the actors in these films, don’t wear black to the awards ceremonies and wear your Time’s Up pins and then work alongside people who have abused women.
“Especially those who have made no reparations towards the victims whose lives they have derailed. Forgiveness shouldn’t be given to those who do not make every effort to make amends to the person they hurt, not just the judge. That’s the last I have to say on the matter.”