NEW YORK (AP) — Quentin Tarantino apologized Thursday to Roman Polanski rape victim Samantha Geimer for comments he made in a 2003 radio interview with Howard Stern.
In a statement to IndieWire, Tarantino called his comments about Geimer "cavalier" and said he was "ignorant and insensitive and, above all, incorrect." In the recently resurfaced interview with Stern, Tarantino said that Geimer "wanted to have it" and that she was "down to party."
"Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was," said Tarantino. "Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski. When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil's advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative. I didn't take Ms. Geimer's feelings into consideration and for that I am truly sorry."
Polanski has been a fugitive since fleeing to France in 1978 while awaiting sentencing for unlawful sex with a minor. On Tuesday
Tarantino earlier this week was much criticized over a dangerous car stunt on 2003's "Kill Bill" that injured actress Uma Thurman. Thurman discussed the incident in
Thurman described Tarantino pressuring her to drive the car during the "Kill Bill" shoot in Mexico, and posted a video of the crash.
"I am proud of him for doing the right thing and for his courage," said Thurman.