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Quentin Tarantino Apologizes to Roman Polanski Rape Victim for 'Ignorant and Insensitive' Remarks

Quentin Tarantino Apologizes to Roman Polanski Rape Victim for 'Ignorant and Insensitive' Remarks
From TIME - February 8, 2018

In a statement to IndieWire on Thursday, Quentin Tarantino apologized for insisting that Roman Polanski was not guilty of rape in a 2003 interview with Howard Stern.

I want to publicly apologize to Samantha Geimer for my cavalier remarks on The Howard Stern Show speculating about her and the crime that was committed against her, the statement reads. Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was. Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski. When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devils advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative. I didnt take Ms. Geimers feelings into consideration and for that I am truly sorry.

Tarantino then concludes, So, Ms. Geimer, I was ignorant, and insensitive, and above all, incorrect. I am sorry Samantha.

Polanski was charged with raping and drugging a 13-year-old girl in 1977, ultimately pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. After Uma Thurman told the New York Times that Tarantino pressured her to film a scene on the set of Kill Bill, culminating in a car crash in which the actress was severely injured, a clip of his conversation with Stern resurfaced via Jezebel. In the interview, Tarantino said of Polanski, I dont consider him a rapist, and elaborated after being challenged by Stern and Robin Quivers.

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