On Wednesday, Lawrence Bender, a producer of the Kill Bill movie franchise, issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter in response to some allegations made by Uma Thurman in a New York Times article over the weekend.
Thurman said in the article that director Quentin Tarantino pressured her into doing a dangerous stunt while filming in Mexico ahead of the movie’s 2003 release, that he claimed the vehicle was safer than it was, and that she wasn’t given footage of the crash until years later. While performing the stunt, Thurman ended up driving into a tree and sustained neck and knee injuries she still has not fully recovered from.
Then, in an Instagram post published Monday, Thurman blamed Bender, executive producer E. Bennett Walsh, and executive producer Harvey Weinstein for what she claimed to be a “cover up after the fact.”
In his statement, Bender denied the existence of a cover-up, saying, “I never hid anything from Uma or anyone else nor did I participate in any cover up of any kind—and I never would.”
Bender also offered his deepest regrets, you may read the full statement below:
“I deeply regret that Uma suffered the pain she has, both physically and emotionally, for all of these years from the accident that occurred on the set of Kill Bill. The safety of the professionals who work on the movies I produce is vital to me and I never want to let anyone down.
I never hid anything from Uma or anyone else nor did I participate in any cover up of any kind—and I never would.
I was informed of Uma’s feelings in regard 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. 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.”