Quentin Tarantino, who has been receiving flak for Uma Thurman's Kill Bill accident, is in controversy yet again for defending Roman Polanski in an old interview over charges of raping a 13-year-old girl. The 2003 interview with Howard Stern has resurfaced and shows Tarantino saying that Polanski's 13-year-old rape victim "wanted to have it". Following the alleged assault, Polanski was arrested in 1977 for five offenses. Eventually, he fled to the US after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
When asked by Stern why Hollywood continued to embrace Polanski, Tarantino said in the interview, "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. That's not rape. 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. Throwing the word 'rape' around is like throwing the word 'racist' around. It doesn't apply to everything that people use it for. He was guilty of having sex with a minor."
The Howard Stern Show co-host Robin Quivers was quick to point out that the sex was not consensual.
"No, that was not the case at all. She wanted to have it and dated the guy," Tarantino replied.
Angry Quivers immediately exclaimed, "She was 13!"
Stern was still surprised and pointed, "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."
Tarantino defended, "Look, she was down with this... She's talked about it since, 'No, he didn't really do anything to me. It was a technicality for being 13.'"
Shocked, Stern asked, "Would you ever seduce a 13-year-old with pills and booze?"
"No, no, no. Again, you're killing him with the pills and booze thing," Tarantino mansplained.
When Quivers asserted that Polanski could have avoided it by simply staying away from the minor, Tarantino said, "He likes girls. She was down to party with Roman."
Ironically, Tarantino is making a movie on the murder of Polanski's wife, actor Sharon Tate by the members of the Charles Manson cult. He was even close to Harvey Weinstein and admitted recently that he knew about the producer's disgracing history as a serial offender.
In a recent New York Times article, Thurman had said that she told Tarantino about Weinstein. She also revealed that Tarantino forced her to do a car stunt in Kill Bill which resulted in an accident. The director confessed that the decision was "the biggest regret” of his life.