Quentin Tarantino is owning up to horrendous comments he made in 2003 about Roman Polanski’s 13-year-old rape victim.
The director has travelled in a circle most would want to distance themselves from in 2018, forming close bonds with Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski.
Speaking to “The Howard Stern Show” while promoting “Kill Bill” in the early 2000s, Tarantino was dismissive of Samantha Geimer’s rape accusations against Polanski.
“I don’t believe it’s rape, not at 13, not for these 13-year-old party girls,” the “Pulp Fiction” director said. Fifteen years later, however, Tarantino is apologizing for blaming the victim.
In a statement given to Entertainment Tonight, Tarantino wrote, “I want to publicly apologize to Samantha Geimer for my cavalier remarks on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ speculating about her and the crime that was committed against her. Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was. Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski.”
“When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil’s advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative,” continued Tarantino. “I didn’t take Ms. Geimer’s feelings into consideration and for that, I am truly sorry.”
Concluding, “So, Ms. Geimer, I was ignorant and insensitive, and above all, incorrect. I am sorry Samantha.”According to Indie Wire, contacted Geimer by phone on Wednesday to personally apologize as well.
Polanski was initially charged with rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14.
He agreed to a guilty plea deal on the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse, but fled to France after learning he would likely be imprisoned.