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Quentin Tarantino interview about Roman Polanksi 'rape' resurfaces

From BBC - February 6, 2018

Quentin Tarantino has been criticised after a radio interview resurfaced in which he said Roman Polanski having sex with a 13-year-old girl was not rape.

In the 2003 interview, the Pulp Fiction director downplayed the incident - dismissing the idea that it was rape.

Tarantino told DJ Howard Stern the 13-year-old victim "wanted to have it" and was "down to party with Roman".

Polanski admitted unlawful sex with a minor in 1977 and served 42 days in prison before fleeing the US.

Tarantino has not responded to a request for comment.

Earlier, he apologised for the crash Uma Thurman suffered while on set of the 2003 film Kill Bill.

In the interview for The Howard Stern Show, Tarantino discussed the Polanski case at length with Stern and his co-host Robin Quivers.

As part of a plea bargain, Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor - an offence that was previously known as statutory rape.

"He did not rape a 13-year-old," Tarantino told Stern. "It was statutory rape. That's not quite the same thing... He had sex with a minor, all right. That's not rape.

"To me, when you use the word rape, you are talking about violent, throwing them down."

Co-host Robin Quivers told Tarantino that Polanski's victim had been given psychoactive drugs and alcohol before being assaulted. The director still denied the sexual encounter could be deemed a rape.

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