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Quentin Tarantino regrets Uma Thurman ‘Kill Bill’ stunt

Quentin Tarantino attempted to defend himself after Uma Thurman’s description of a near-fatal “Kill Bill” crash.

Over the weekend, Thurman detailed the on-set crash in Mexico that left her in a neck brace and with damaged knees. Sharing the video on her personal Instagram Monday, the actress laid full blame at the feet of producer Harvey Weinstein, but Tarantino had already received blame for the stunt-gone-wrong.

“Watching her fight for the wheel…remembering me hammering about how it was safe and she could do it. Emphasizing that it was a straight road, a straight road…the fact that she believe me, and I literally watched this little S curve pop up. And it spins her like a top,” the longtime director told Deadline.

“It was heartbreaking. Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life. For a myriad of reasons.”

Uma Thurman shares footage of ‘Kill Bill’ car crash

Thurman and Tarantino both said separately that he had found the footage of the crash years after the shooting.

He also addressed her claims that he choked her and spit on her with “sadistic flourishes” during “Kill Bill,” saying that she had suggested the attack was filmed without a protective pole at the back of her neck that would prevent an actual choking.

“I was the one on the other end of the chain and we kind of only did it for the close ups. And we pulled it off. Now, that was her idea,” Tarantino told Deadline.

“Consequently, I realize…that is a real thing.”

Uma Thurman details Harvey Weinstein assault

As for Thurman’s allegations against Weinstein, which included an alleged attack in his Savoy Hotel suite in London and “all kinds of unpleasant things,” Tarantino said he had heard similar stories from then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino.

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Tarantino claims he made Harvey Weinstein apologize to Thurman for his alleged assault of her before “Kill Bill.”

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“While we were getting ready to do ‘Kill Bill,’ Uma tells me that he had done the same thing to her. That was when I realized there was a pattern, in Harvey’s luring and pushing attacks. So I made Harvey apologize to Uma,” he told Deadline.

“I knew he was lying, that everything Uma was saying, was the truth. When he tried to wriggle out of it, and how things actually happened, I never bought his story. I said, I don’t believe you. I believe her. And if you want to do ‘Kill Bill,’ you need to make this right.”

Tarantino wasn’t present for the apology, but the movie went ahead as planned. Still, he said, he acknowledges his “complacency” amid decades of alleged sexual assault by Weinstein.

“Back in 1999, it was easier to chalk up what he was doing, to this mid-‘60s, ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Bewitched’ era of an executive chasing the secretary around the desk. Now, it’s like…as if that was ever okay!” he said.

“One of the things that has happened in this whole thing is there is a lot of staring in the mirror. And thinking about, how did you think about things during that time? What did you do in that time? What was your feeling about things, at that time?”

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