Quentin Tarantino Apologizes to Roman Polanski Rape Victim for "Cavalier Remarks"
"I incorrectly played devil’s advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative," the director told IndieWire.
Quentin Tarantino has apologized to Samantha Geimer — who at the age of 13 was raped by director Roman Polanski in 1977 — for comments made in a 2003 interview with Howard Stern saying the incident was "not rape" and that Geimer "wanted to have it."
On Tuesday, Geimer said in an interview with the New York Daily News that Tarantino's comments were "wrong. I bet he knows it."
Tarantino, in a statement given to Anne Thompson at IndieWire on Thursday, apologized for his remarks. A request for comment from Geimer was not immediately returned. His statement is below:
I want to publicly apologize to Samantha Geimer for my cavalier remarks on The Howard Stern Show speculating about her and the crime that was committed against her. Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was. Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski. 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.
I am sorry Samantha.