- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2018

Quentin Tarantino has apologized after audio resurfaced of him telling Howard Stern in 2003 that Roman Polanski victim Samantha Geimer wasn’t raped at 13 and was “down to party” with the “Rosemary’s Baby” director.

“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,” Mr. Tarantino said in a statement Thursday to IndieWire. “Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was.”

Mr. Polanski, now 84, was charged with raping 13-year-old Geimer in 1977. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, but fled the country in 1978 before sentencing.

Mr. Tarantino came under fire this week over a resurfaced interview in which he argued that statutory rape isn’t the same as rape and that Ms. Geimer “was down to party with Roman.”

“He had sex with a minor. That’s not rape,” the “Kill Bill” director said at the time. “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 just doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.

“She wanted to have it and dated the guy,” he said.

Ms. Geimer said Wednesday that Mr. Tarantino’s comments were “obviously incorrect” and that she hoped he would come to his senses after all this time.

Mr. Tarantino said he contacted Ms. Geimer to personally apologize.

“Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski,” he said in his statement. “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,” he said. “I am sorry, Samantha.”

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