Quentin Tarantino has apologised to Roman Polanski rape victim Samantha Geimer for comments he made in a 2003 radio interview with Howard Stern.
In a statement to IndieWire, Tarantino called his comments about Geimer "cavalier" and said he was "ignorant and insensitive and, above all, incorrect".
In the recently resurfaced interview with Stern, Tarantino said that Geimer "wanted to have it" and that she was "down to party".
"Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was," said Tarantino. "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."
Polanski has been a fugitive since fleeing to France in 1978 while awaiting sentencing for unlawful sex with a minor. In an interview with the Daily News , Geimer said Tarantino "was wrong". ''I bet he knows it," said Geimer, now 54.
Tarantino earlier this week was much criticised over a dangerous car stunt on 2003's Kill Bill that injured actress Uma Thurman. Thurman discussed the incident in a New York Times column, where she also made sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the regular producer of Tarantino's films.
Thurman described Tarantino pressuring her to drive the car during the Kill Bill shoot in Mexico, and posted a video of the crash.
Tarantino earlier this week disputed some of the details in the Times article, but acknowledged the car accident was "the biggest regret of my life".
Thurman said on Instagram that Tarantino "was deeply regretful and remains remorseful about this sorry event".
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.
She directed her anger instead at producers of the film, including Weinstein, and confirmed that Tarantino gave her the footage of the crash.
"I am proud of him for doing the right thing and for his courage," said Thurman.