Diane Kruger Defends Quentin Tarantino After Uma Thurman’s ‘Kill Bill’ Choking Claims: ‘He Never Abused His Power With Me’

Diane Kruger has released a statement to make it clear Quentin Tarantino “never abused his power” on set with her while they were filming “Inglourious Basterds”.

Kruger, 41, referenced one scene in the film in particular, which saw her being choked by the movie-maker. However, despite Uma Thurman, 47, recently saying Tarantino choked and spat on her on the set of “Kill Bill”, Kruger insisted she was “treated with utter respect.”

She posted: “In light of the recent allegations made by Uma Thurman against Harvey Weinstein and her terrifying work experience on ‘Kill Bill’, my name has been mentioned in numerous articles in regards to the choking scene in ‘Inglourious Basterds’.”

“This is an important moment in time and my heart goes out to Uma and anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault and abuse. I stand with you.”

She added, “For the record however, I would like to say that my work experience with Quentin Tarantino was pure joy. He treated me with utter respect and never abused his power or forced me to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with. With love, D xoxo”

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Kruger’s comments come after Thurman spoke out in an explosive interview with The New York Times, in which she claimed Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her, and said Tarantino had forced her to drive in a dangeous stunt that wound up in a car crash.

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Tarantino has since responded to say he takes full responsibility for putting the actress behind the wheel of the car, but insisted he’s “not guilty in the way people are saying” he is.

He also said he did choke and spit on the star during one part of the film, but that it had been “Uma’s decision.”

The scene in question saw The Bride (Thurman) being strangled by the female assassin Gogo’s whip, but Tarantino insisted he only set it up the way that he did so no-one would be physically tugging on the chain around Thurman’s neck. Read more here.

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