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Uma Thurman reveals grim details of Harvey Weinstein attack

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After her raw initial response to the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein saw her visibly too angry to give a “soundbite”, Uma Thurman has accused the disgraced producer of attacking her in a hotel room.

Uma Thurman famously expressed her fury over Harvey Weinstein last year, saying: “I’m glad it’s going slowly - you don’t deserve a bullet.”

At the time, she alluded to the fact that the producer, as so many other women have alleged, had sexually harassed her.

“I am grateful today, to be alive, for all those I love, and for all those who have the courage to stand up for others,” she wrote in an Instagram post, which included a photograph of her in character as ‘The Bride’ in Kill Bill.

“I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face.”

Now, in a blistering 3,000-word article in the New York Times, the actress has finally broken her silence, saying that Weinstein pushed her down and “tried to expose himself” at his hotel room in London during the 1990s.

“This is why Uma Thurman is angry,” the headline declared.

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Thurman’s allegations regarding Weinstein took place in the time period after the success of the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, which was produced by Weinstein. The alleged incident took place at his suite in London’s Savoy Hotel.

“He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me… He did all kinds of unpleasant things,” Thurman told the Times.

“But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard.”

She said a bunch of flowers arrived the next day with a note reading: “You have great instincts.”

Thurman went on to reveal that Weinstein was not the first man to assault her during her Hollywood career.

Explaining that she met an actor - who is not named - at a Manhattan nightclub when she was just 16 years old, the actress said that she was “coerced” when she returned to his home for a late-night drink.

“I was ultimately compliant,” she told the newspaper. “I tried to say no, I cried, I did everything I could do. He told me the door was locked but I never ran over and tried the knob.

“When I got home, I remember I stood in front of the mirror and I looked at my hands and I was so mad at them for not being bloody or bruised.”

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Weinstein has since issued a statement on the allegations, denying any physical attack on Thurman.

“Mr Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologised and deeply regrets,” the statement said.

“However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue.”

According to The Independent, the producer’s lawyer is even considering legal action against Thurman at this time.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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