An interview in which Quentin Tarantino defends accused statutory rapist and fugitive Roman Polanski for his crimes has resurfaced.
Polanski had pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor – namely then 13-year-old Samantha Gailey (now Samantha Geimer) – in 1977.
The director fled America, however, upon learning he would face jail for his crime and teh charges are still pending.
Despite his crimes, Polanski has continued to win praise and awards from Hollywood – including an Oscar in 2002 for his film, The Pianist.
In 2003, the radio host Howard Stern and his co-host Robin Quivers, confronted Quentin, 54, for praising Roman, 84, for winning the Oscar in 2002.
Female interest website Jezebel has now revisited the interview in light of the ongoing ‘Me Too’ movement which was sparked by the downfall of Quentin’s long-time collaborator Harvey Weinstein who has since been accused of sexually assaulting numerous Hollywood actresses.
In the resurfaced interview, Quentin can be heard defending Polanski and arguing that he does not believe the French-Polish director ‘raped’ his victim.
“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape…he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape,” the Pulp Fiction director argues.
“To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down—it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world,” he continues.
“You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for,” he says.
Both Howard and Robin sound aghast by Quentin’s words – with Robin telling Quentin that Polanski stands accused of providing his victim with drugs and alcohol and reminds him that she was just 13 at the time of the assault.
“No, that was not the case at all. She wanted to have it and dated the guy and… by the way, we’re talking about America’s morals, not talking about the morals in Europe and everything,” the director states.