Quentin Tarantino Caught On Tape Defending Roman Polanski Of Raping 13-Year-Old Girl
Quentin Tarantino is in the hot seat once again. The director has already come under fire for allegedly hurting Uma Thurman in a stunt gone wrong during the production of the film, Kill Bil.
Now Tarantino may have been caught in another scandal, but this is one that has been a debate for decades.
Tarantino was caught on tape speaking with Howard Stern in 2003 on the scandal involving famed director Roman Polanski. Polanski was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977 and was charged for the crime. Polanski did plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, however, the director fled the country before he could face sentencing.
In the tape that was recovered, Tarantino was saying to Stern that the young woman "wanted it" and that "she knew what she was getting herself into."
"He didn't rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape. That's not quite the same thing. He had sex with a minor. 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," said Tarantino.
When then co-host Robin Quivers stated to Tarantino that the girl in question was given drugs and alcohol, Tarantino didn't change his statement. The Django Unchained director also added that Polanksi had a thing for girls and that the unnamed victim was "down for it."
Will Polanski Be Next?
Polanksi recently came under scrutiny for the allegation. While no charges have been filed and the director still maintained his innocence, many have questioned Polanksi's ethics and that he never received any punishment for his alleged crime.
Thurman recently called out Tarantino for his allegiance to Harvey Weinstein. Thurman accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her and claimed that Weinstein and Tarantino put her in mortal danger.
Thurman joins a list of over 80 women who have accused Weinstein of a sexual crime. Actresses Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Heather Graham, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ashley Judd have all named Weinstein as their attacker and accused him of abusing his power to get sexual favors. Following Weinstein, actors Kevin Spacey, Danny Masterson, Ed Westwick, Dustin Hoffman, and journalist Matt Lauer were also outed for past allegations.