Tarantino has also spoken on the Graham Norton Show about how he strangled Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds:

“Whenever you do a close-up of somebody being strangled in a film, I never buy it,” he said. “When somebody’s actually being strangled, there’s a thing that happens to their face, they way they turn a certain color, their veins pop out...”

“So I just said to her, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna be the hands and what I’m gonna do is just strangle you. I’m gonna cut off your air for just a little bit of time, we’ll see the reaction in your face and then we’ll cut. The stunt guy will be there watching it, making sure, and we’ll just do it once and we never have to do it again. And she trusted me.”


The anecdote is followed by one of his fellow guests joking about how he enjoyed it. James McEvoy asks if he’s ever tried sex scenes that way.

In an Instagram post this week, Kruger defended Tarantino, saying that working with him was “pure joy.”


“He treated me with utter respect and never abused his power or forced me to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with,” she wrote.


And on Monday, Jezebel republished audio footage from a 2003 interview between Tarantino and Howard Stern, in which Tarantino defended Roman Polanski’s assault of Samantha Geimer when she was 13-year-old girl:

“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape...he had sex with a minor. 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. You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.”


“Look, she was down with this,” he said.

Tarantino has since offered an apology to Geimer via a statement provided to IndieWire on Thursday:

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.

Jezebel has reached out to representatives for Fergie, Tarantino, Rodriguez, and McGowan, and will update the post if we hear back.


Update (February 9, 2018, 9:05 a.m.): Fergie responded to the biting incident to Entertainment Tonight, saying it was just “banter.”

“That was a long time ago, first of all,” she said. “First off, I just wanna say I stand with victims everywhere, no matter what genre, race, gender, age. I stand with victims, period, and I don’t want to take away from anyone’s story. That just wasn’t my story. We were just kind of having banter like I did with the Black Eyed Peas on tour, and we were having a little bit of fun.”