Diane Kruger defends Quentin Tarantino after choking her on set resurfaces

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Actress Diane Kruger has released a statement in defence of her experience working with writer-director Quentin Tarantino. 

Diane Kruger has taken to Instagram to defend her experience on set with Hollywood writer-director Quentin Tarantino after actress Uma Thurman openly criticised him for forcing her to carry out a dangerous stunt in Kill Bill.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Thurman alleged that the director and producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her on set multiple times. Thurman also spoke of her fractured relationship with Tarantino – who’s best work includes Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs - due to carrying out a dangerous stunt.

The alleged treatment of Thurman has led to a particular scene from Inglourious Basterds being revisited and examined. In the scene, Kruger, who played Bridget Von Hammersmark, is strangled to death by Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz. In an interview Kruger revealed that it was actually Tarantino, not Waltz, who strangled her in the scene.

“Quentin said, ‘He’s not going to do it right, it’ll either be too much or too little. I know exactly what I need and I think I should just do it,’” explained Kruger in 2009. “I have to say it was very strange being strangled by the director.”

However, Kruger has taken to Instagram to fully explain her statement from the time about the Kill Bill director. The actress also wanted to make it very clear that she fully supports fellow actress Uma Thurman and the #MeToo movement.

“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,” Kruger wrote.

Kruger added that she never experienced any issues or problems with Tarantino on set during filming.

“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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Tarantino has also openly spoke about the scene, saying:

“When I did Inglourious Basterds, and I went to Diane, and I said, look, I’ve got to strangle you,” Tarantino recalled.

“If it’s just a guy with his hands on your neck, not putting any kind of pressure and you’re just doing this wiggling death rattle, it looks like a normal movie strangulation. It looks movie-ish. But you’re not going to get the blood vessels bulging, or the eyes filling it with tears, and you’re not going to get the sense of panic that happens when your air is cut off. What I would like to do, with your permission, is just … commit to choking you, with my hands, in a close-up.

“We do it for 30 seconds or so, and then I stop. If we need to do it a second time, we will. After that, that’s it. Are you down to committing to it so we can get a really good look? It’ll be twice, and only for this amount of time, and the stunt guy was monitoring the whole thing.”

Tarantino also said that the two agreed to the scene.

“She knew it would look good and she trusted me to do it. I would ask a guy the same thing. In fact, I would probably be more insistent with a guy.”

Harvey Weinstein has denied all allegations made against him.

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