It started with Uma Thurman revealing that Quentin Tarantino bullied her into driving an unsafe car that crashed and now days later it is Tarantinos reputation and possibly career that is skidding at dangerously high speed.
With accusations flying at the Pulp Fiction director from all over Hollywood, his status as one of Americas most revered auteurs is at risk, prompting speculation about his future.
Tarantino apologised on Monday for putting Thurman in harms way during the filming of Kill Bill, calling it the biggest regret of my life, but by Tuesday he was facing a growing outcry over other perceived offences.
Audio emerged of him defending fellow director Roman Polanskis sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in 1977, saying she was down with it and that rape was a buzzword that didnt apply to the situation.
A clip and transcript of the comments in a 2003 radio interview with Howard Stern surfaced and ricocheted around the internet on Tuesday. He had sex with a minor, Tarantino said in the recording. Thats not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, youre talking about violent, throwing them down its like one of the most violent crimes in the world she wanted to have [sex]! Dated the guy!
It also emerged that Tarantino personally performed some violent actions in his films, including spitting on Thurmans face and choking her with a chain in Kill Bill and strangling Diana Kruger in a scene in Inglourious Basterds.
The actor Busy Philipps tweeted her regret at seeking a role in one of his films. Im embarrassed that I ever auditioned for him.. that I fucking showed up in SHORT SHORTS AND FLIP FLOPS as requested because I WANTED THE JOB. This business sucks and enables predators.