Quentin Tarantino admits he was 'ignorant, insensitive and incorrect' about Polanski rape

  • 09/02/2018
Quentin Tarantino admits he was 'ignorant, insensitive and incorrect' about Polanski rape.
Samantha Geimer; Quentin Tarantino Photo credit: Getty

Quentin Tarantino has apologised for historical comments about how a rape victim "wanted to have it" that resurfaced this week.

The Pulp Fiction director made the comments to Howard Stern in 2003, claiming Samantha Geimer's rape at the age of 13 by filmmaker Roman Polanski was "not quite the same thing" as other rapes.

Tarantino has now admitted he was wrong.

"Fifteen years later, I realise how wrong I was. Ms Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski," he says.

"When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil's advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative. I didn't take Ms Geimer's feelings into consideration and for that I am truly sorry.

"So, Ms Geimer, I was ignorant, and insensitive, and above all, incorrect."

Polanski was arrested in 1977 over the attack and charged with rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14. He fled the country after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.

Ms Geimer herself says Tarantino's remarks to Stern were "wrong", but that she'll forgive him.

"I do not need other people weighing in on what it's like getting raped at 13," she told Daily News.

"I hope he doesnt make an ass of himself and keep talking that way. I'm not upset, but I would probably feel better if he realises now that he was wrong, after 15 years, after hearing the facts. He is obviously incorrect."

Incidentally, the Charles Manson film Tarantino is currently working on will reportedly feature Polanski as a character.