Quentin Tarantino faces severe backlash on Twitter after defending Roman Polanski in 2003 interview

FP Staff

Feb,07 2018 12:28:34 IST

Just as Quentin Tarantino was about to put the ongoing controversy — surrounding him, Uma Thurman and a car crash that happened on the sets of Kill Bill 15 years ago — to rest, the Pulp Fiction director finds himself mired in a fresh one.

Quentin Tarantino. Image from Twitter/@Variety

Quentin Tarantino. Image from Twitter/@Variety

Tarantino was excoriated on social media on Tuesday for remarks he made in a 2003 interview with Howard Stern that resurfaced online recently where he seemingly defends Roman Polanski for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, saying the victim “wanted to have it” and was “down to party” with Polanski.

The Django Unchained director was criticised on Twitter as audio surfaced of his remarks concerning Polanski, 84, who has been a fugitive since fleeing to France in 1978 while awaiting sentencing for unlawful sex with a minor in 1975.

 Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer, when she was 13. She has said he drugged, raped and sodomised her. Geimer went public about her sexual assault years ago. “She wanted to have it and dated the guy,” Tarantino said in the audio interview.

When Stern and his co-host, Robin Quivers, protested, Tarantino replied, “Look, she was down with this.” Many people are also speculating that Polanski will figure as a significant character in Tarantino’s upcoming film about the Manson murders, slated to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the murders, next year.

Sharon Tate, who was killed, was married to Polanski.

Here are some of the Twitter reactions to Quentin Tarantino's comments from the audio interview

(With inputs from AP)

Updated Date: Feb 07, 2018 12:28 PM