When news of the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in October, many thought that the shocking allegations would be quickly exposed in their entirety. However, Weinstein’s crimes were more prolific than anyone knew.
Almost two months later, the allegations show no signs of letting up, with many of Hollywood’s biggest names still coming forward to accuse the 65-year-old former movie mogul of either sexual assault, harassment or rape. Usually, when these high-profile women come forward and delve into their personal experiences with Weinstein, they are forthright when describing the way he behaved and how it made them feel, especially if they were young and looking to make it big. Now over 80 women have come forward to accuse the movie producer of sexual assault or harassment, and it is undeniable that he was fond of inviting young actresses into his hotel room wearing nothing but a dressing gown and making persistent unwanted sexual advances. With so many victims under his belt, behaving inappropriately around women had become routine for Weinstein. While an actress like Uma Thurman was definitely a potential victim in this awful scandal, she had kept her personal experiences under completely wraps until now. But if you think that this means she doesn’t have a story to tell, you’re wrong. Last month, Thurman, who has worked with Weinstein several times, was asked to comment on the abuse scandal in an interview with Access Hollywood. It was pretty evident that she was thinking carefully about what she said, and there was a good reason for that. While Thurman said that it was “commendable” that so many brave men and women had come forward to share their stories of sexual abuse, she refrained from sharing her own story, although it was clear from her reaction that something sinister had happened to her. The Pulp Fiction actress tried to remain calm as she spoke, but it was clear that rising beneath the surface was a great deal of anger. “I don’t have a tidy soundbite for you, because I’ve learned— I am not a child — and I’ve learned that when I’ve spoken in anger I usually regret the way I express myself,” she said. “So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry, and when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say.” The short clip immediately received a lot of attention and was even mentioned in a tweet by Asia Argento, one of the actresses who has accused Weinstein of rape. “Dear #UmaThurman may peace be with you and your soul. We need your strong voice, it is truly commanding,” Argento wrote in solidarity. Well, it looks like Thurman will soon be lending her “strong voice” to the discussion. Just yesterday, she made a very an eye-opening post on her Instagram account. Using the hashtag #MeToo, she revealed that she still isn’t ready to talk about her personal experience regarding abuse in the industry, but had a special Thanksgiving message for Harvey Weinstein:
“H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G 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. 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. I feel it’s important to take your time, be fair, be exact, so… Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet) – stay tuned Uma Thurman”
It’s safe to say that after excluding Weinstein from her Thanksgiving message and including a mention of his “wicked conspirators”, Thurman definitely had an extremely unpleasant encounter with the movie producer. God knows what this very cryptic message addressed to Weinstein means, but it can’t be good. It’s proof that whatever happened to her was so traumatic that she is having to spend a significant amount of time working up the courage to talk about it. “I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet,” the actress venomously wrote. She even included a still from the Kill Bill Vol. 2 teaser where her character, the bride, says, “When I arrive at my destination, I am gonna kill Bill.” I think we can all guess who Bill is in this equation. Oh, how the drama continues to rage on! But in all seriousness, sexual assault is a very serious issue and no one should lose sight of that. In fact, many activists who aim to combat instances of sexual assault and harassment believe that the Harvey Weinstein allegations are part of a much larger problem. They argue that violence, harassment, and assault have increased rapidly in recent years. Find out how they are trying to fight the problem in this video: We hope that Weinstein is brought to justice for his despicable crimes.