Rape victim Samantha Geimer has hit out at Quentin Tarantino after the director suggested she wanted to have sex with Roman Polanski back in 1977.
Geimer, now 54, told the New York Daily News: “He was wrong and I bet he knows it. I hope he doesn’t make an ass out of himself and keep talking that way.”
“I’m not upset, but I would probably feel better if he realizes now that he was wrong, after 15 years, after hearing the facts. Nobody has to be p**sed off on my behalf. I’m okay,” she added.
Her comments come after Tarantino, who has been surrounded by controversy recently over his treatment of Uma Thurman while filming “Kill Bill”, came under fire because of defensive comments he made about Polanski back in 2003.
In an audio clip posted by Jezebel from a 2003 episode of “The Howard Stern Show”, Tarantino was asked by Stern and co-host Robin Quivers about comments made to a reporter following Polanski’s Best Director win at the Oscars that “I don’t consider him a rapist.”
Confronted by Stern on how he can defend “this mad man, this director who raped a 13-year-old” in 1977, Tarantino replied, “He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape.”
“He had sex with a minor. That’s not rape,” Tarantino continued. “To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down—it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. You can’t throw the word ‘rape’ around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.”
When Quivers pushed back, referring to the fact that Polanski’s young victim had been given drugs and alcohol and tried to say no, Tarantino disagreed.
“No, that was not the case AT ALL,” the director said. “She wanted to have it.”
Stern responded to Tarantino’s line of reasoning, saying, “Wait a minute. If you have sex with a 13-year-old girl and you’re a grown man, you know that that’s wrong.”
“Look, she was down with this,” Tarantino replied.
The “Inglourious Basterds” director’s resurfaced comments sparked backlash online, including from director Judd Apatow and actress Patricia Arquette on Twitter.
Others also responded on Twitter, calling out the director for the views he expressed in the interview.