Harvey Weinstein's Attorney Responds to Uma Thurman Sexual Assault Claims

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"Ms Thurman's statements to the Times are being carefully examined and investigated before deciding whether any legal action against her would be appropriate," Ben Brafman wrote.

Harvey Weinstein's attorney has responded to Uma Thurman's claims that his client sexually assaulted her in London not long after the 1994 release of Pulp Fiction, a film that Thurman starred in and Weinstein produced.

In the story, published Saturday in The New York Times, the actress says that Weinstein "attacked" her during a meeting at the Savoy Hotel. She specified that he "pushed" her, "shoved himself on" her and "tried to expose himself." Later, according to Thurman, he threatened her career in a meeting at the Savoy in which she attempted to admonish him for his actions; she says she does not remember what followed the meeting.

In the statement, issued Saturday afternoon, Weinstein's attorney Ben Brafman said that Weinstein is weighing legal action against Thurman. "Mr Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass at Ms Thurman 25 years ago which he regrets and immediately apologized for," a spokesperson wrote in an email. "Why Ms Thurman would wait 25 years to publicly discuss this incident and why according to Weinstein, she would embellish what really happened to include false accusations of attempted physical assault is a mystery to Weinstein and his attorneys." 

In Thurman's words, the number of women who have come forth with allegations against Weinstein since October and the way she was treated during a car crash on the set of the 2003 movie Kill Bill convinced her to come forward. Thurman alleges that Miramax, which was co-founded by Weinstein and produced and distributed the Kill Bill series, withheld footage of the crash unless she signed a document releasing them from liability for her "future pain and suffering," which she refused to do. The video has since been shared by Thurman with the film's director, Quentin Tarantino, and published in the Times piece.

Continued Brafman: "Ms Thurman's statements to the Times are being carefully examined and investigated before deciding whether any legal action against her would be appropriate."

Read the full statement below.

Ben Brafman, Mr Weinstein's attorney said that Harvey is stunned and saddened by what he claims to be false accusations by Uma Thurman, someone he has worked closely with for more than two decades. Mr Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass at Ms Thurman 25 years ago which he regrets and immediately apologized for. Why Ms Thurman would wait 25 years to publicly discuss this incident and why according to Weinstein, she would embellish what really happened to include false accusations of attempted physical assault is a mystery to Weinstein and his attorneys. Ms Thurman's statements to the Times are being carefully examined and investigated before deciding whether any legal action against her would be appropriate.

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