Quentin Tarantino

Possibly Pro Adults Having Sex with Minors

19 Nov 2003


In an interview with Howard Stern, talking about Roman Polanski’s sexual assault of a 13-year-old in 1977

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. [...] And by the way, we’re talking about America’s morals, not talking about the morals in Europe and everything. [...] Look, she was down with this.