Quentin Tarantino, here in a 2016 photo, came out in defense of his colleague Roman Polanski in a 2003 interview. (Reuters)
Pressure is building for Sony Pictures to cancel its upcoming Quentin Tarantino-directed Charlies Manson movie after audio of the famed director defending Roman Polanski resurfaced.
In a 2003 Howard Stern interview, Tarantino said the 13-year-old girl Polanksi was convicted of raping "wanted to have" sex with Roman Polanski. The tape resurfaced one day after Tarantino had to defend himself against Uma Thurman's claims that the director almost killed her in a "Kill Bill" stunt that went wrong in 2003.
Quentin Tarantino disputed Uma Thurman's claims he forced her to drive a car in a stunt gone wrong in the 2003 film "Kill Bill." (Miramax)
"He had sex with a minor," Tarantino said in 2003. "That’s not rape. 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 … she wanted to have [sex]! Dated the guy!"
Tarantino's alleged violent behavior while directing films -- including spitting at and choking Thurman for a scene in "Kill Bill" -- and his defense of Polanski's actions have many people calling for his downfall.
In a 2003 interview with Howard Stern that recently resurfaced, Quentin Tarantino defended fellow director Roman Polanski (pictured) from allegations he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl. (Reuters)
Polanski will be a significant character in Tarantino's yet-to-be-titled Sony Pictures film about the Manson murders, slated to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the murders next year. Sharon Tate, who was killed in the famed crime, was married to Polanski. The Tarantino movie is one of several coming out about the subject ahead of the milestone anniversary.
“Now Tarantino is going to make a movie about Polanski. Why is someone financing this?” director Judd Apatow tweeted.
Tarantino also ignored Daryl Hannah’s complaints when she was harassed by Harvey Weinstein.They kicked her off the press tour.Nobody helped her. And now Tarantino is going to make a movie about Polanski. Why is someone financing this? This is why Weinstein wasn’t stopped. $$$$ https://t.co/WlSVFEoVN4— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 3, 2018
Others on social media echoed Apatow's outrage.
The best way to show your disgust at Quentin Tarantino is to not go to see his movies. He’s got one coming out which purportedly glorifies the murder of Sharon Tate by Charles Manson. Don’t see it. Make him unbankable #Weinstein #UmaThurman— LouisTherouxsEyebrow (@Lewis2012Davis) February 6, 2018
Why do I get the feeling Quentin Tarantino will come out of this unscathed? This Charles Manson movie shouldn't be happening. If it does, we must boycott it.— Sadie Berlin ⛸☃️❄️ (@ArtySadie) February 3, 2018
After the latest revelations about #QuentinTarantino, @MargotRobbie should maybe reconsider playing Sharon Tate in his upcoming Manson Movie...— Cindy Armstrong (@CindyArmy) February 3, 2018
Not at all surprised to read that Quentin Tarantino forced Uma Thurman to actually crash a car and injured her. This is the same man making a movie depicting the stabbing murder of Sharon Tate and her unborn baby.— The Bitch Goddess Temple (@BitchGodTemple) February 3, 2018
Quentin Tarantino is GARBAGE and i hope his exploitative GARBAGE Sharon Tate film is killed— Natalie (@wednesdaydreams) February 3, 2018
Someone's really gonna pay Quentin Tarantino make a movie about Charles Manson?— eleeevabet (@wallewallebitch) February 3, 2018
Sony Pictures reportedly bought Tarantino's Manson film for $100 million. Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie are rumored to star in the film and a Care2 petition for DiCaprio to drop out of the movie has garnered thousands of signatures.
Reps for the actors and for Sony did not return Fox News' requests for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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