Uma Thurman’s claim of a car crash cover-up is denied by ‘Kill Bill’ producer Lawrence Bender
Quentin Tarantino’s producer Lawrence Bender denies that he covered up Uma Thurman’s car crash during the filming of ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’ in 2003
One of the Kill Bill producers that Uma Thurman has accused of covering up her on-set car accident has expressed heavy remorse – but denied any wrongdoing.
Lawrence Bender, a frequent Quentin Tarantino collaborator who served as a producer on Kill Bill Vol. 1 in 2003, said he had “deep regret” over the resulting pain Thurman suffered, but claimed he in no way attempted to cover up the accident.
“I deeply regret that Uma suffered the pain she has … the safety of the professionals who work on the movies I produce is vital to me and I never want to let anyone down,” Bender told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.
“I never hid anything from Uma or anyone else nor did I participate in any cover up of any kind – and I never would.”
Thurman alleged in an Instagram post Monday that Bender and executive producers E. Bennett Walsh and Harvey Weinstein kept the footage of the crash from her as a way of protecting themselves.
“I was informed of Uma’s feelings in regards to this incident a few months ago and have done my best over this time to get as much verifiable information from all of the relevant sources that I could and shared it with Quentin,” Bender said.
“I wanted to make sure she had all of the answers she had been seeking. I have great respect for Uma Thurman, both as an artist and a person, and only wish her well.”
Thurman first divulged details of the crash in a New York Times piece on Saturday.
She claimed Tarantino forced her to do a stunt that she had asked not to do, citing safety fears – and that her fears had come true when she crashed the car into a palm tree.
i post this clip to memorialize it’s full exposure in the nyt by Maureen Dowd. the circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality. i do not believe though with malicious intent. Quentin Tarantino, was deeply regretful and remains remorseful about this sorry event, and gave me the footage years later so i could expose it and let it see the light of day, regardless of it most likely being an event for which justice will never be possible. he also did so with full knowledge it could cause him personal harm, and i am proud of him for doing the right thing and for his courage. THE COVER UP after the fact is UNFORGIVABLE. for this i hold Lawrence Bender, E. Bennett Walsh, and the notorious Harvey Weinstein solely responsible. they lied, destroyed evidence, and continue to lie about the permanent harm they caused and then chose to suppress. the cover up did have malicious intent, and shame on these three for all eternity. CAA never sent anyone to Mexico. i hope they look after other clients more respectfully if they in fact want to do the job for which they take money with any decency.
A post shared by Uma Thurman (@ithurman) on Feb 5, 2018 at 10:15am PST
Thurman on Monday released footage of the accident on Instagram, and said that she does not blame the “deeply regretful” Tarantino.
Instead, the Pulp Fiction actress said she is proud of the director for handing over footage of the crash, which she says she tried unsuccessfully for years to obtain.
Thurman placed the blame on Bender, Walsh and Weinstein in that same Instagram post.
“THE COVER UP after the fact is UNFORGIVABLE,” she wrote. “For this I hold Lawrence Bender, E. Bennett Walsh, and the notorious Harvey Weinstein solely responsible. They lied, destroyed evidence, and continue to lie about the permanent harm they caused and then chose to suppress.”