Uma Thurman has is the latest woman to break her silence about an experience with the disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Thurman, speaking to the New York Times, detailed the sexual assault in Weinstein’s suite at the Savoy hotel in London. The alleged assault took place in the 1990s.
“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,” she said speaking to the New York Times.
“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.”
The assault, which took place in London, came after Weinstein had approached Thurman while wearing a bathrobe in a hotel room in Paris previously.
“I didn’t feel threatened,” she said. “I thought he was being super idiosyncratic, like this was your kooky, eccentric uncle,” she said after describing how Weinstein instructed her to follow him down a hallway.
“I followed him through a door and it was a steam room,” she said. “And I was standing there in my full black leather outfit – boots, pants, jacket. And it was so hot and I said, ‘This is ridiculous, what are you doing?’ And he was getting very flustered and mad and he jumped up and ran out.”
Following the assault, the actor explained how she left the hotel and returned to stay with a Fulham. The morning after, still reeling from the incident, Thurman received a huge bunch of roses delivered to her friend’s door and sent by Weinstein.
“They were yellow,” Thurman said. “And I opened the note like it was a soiled diaper and it just said, ‘You have great instincts.’”
Returning the hotel the day after alongside her friend, Thurman then said 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.”
Weinstein, who is in therapy in Arizona, is currently under police investigation for rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by police in London, Los Angeles and New York.