Harvey Weinstein Attorney Weighs Legal Action Against Uma Thurman, Denies ‘False Accusations’

“Ms Thurman’s statements to the Times are being carefully examined and investigated before deciding whether any legal action against her would be appropriate,” attorney Ben Brafman says

Harvey Weinstein’s attorney responded to Uma Thurman’s accusations in the New York Times on Saturday, saying the mogul’s lawyers would investigate further and weigh taking legal action against the actress.

“Harvey is stunned and saddened by what he claims to be false accusations by Uma Thurman, someone he has worked closely with for more than two decades,” attorney Ben Brafman said in a statement. “Mr. Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass at Ms Thurman 25 years ago which he regrets and immediately apologized for.”

In the Times story, Thurman accused Weinstein of a sexual “attack” in a London hotel encounter sometime after the release of Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” the Weinstein-backed hit that made her a star. “He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things,” she said.

“Why Ms Thurman would wait 25 years to publicly discuss this incident and why according to Weinstein, she would embellish what really happened to include false accusations of attempted physical assault is a mystery to Weinstein and his attorneys,” Brafman continued. “Ms Thurman’s statements to the Times are being carefully examined and investigated before deciding whether any legal action against her would be appropriate.”

Brafman’s statement echoes an earlier one from Weinstein’s spokesperson denying Thurman’s account of events (“There was no physical contact”) and saying the once-prolific producer was “saddened and puzzled” by the accusation.

Thurman is one of dozens of women to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to sexual assault and rape. It was also confirmed by U.K. police on Saturday that a ninth woman had come forward to file a report accusing Weinstein of two instances of sexual assault, in 2010 and 2011. Weinstein has “unequivocally” denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.