That time Quentin Tarantino said Roman Polanski didn’t rape 13-year-old: ‘She wanted to have it’

A 2003 radio interview with Quentin Tarantino has resurfaced this week in which the filmmaker says that the 13-year-old girl Roman Polanski was convicted of raping in 1977 “wanted to have it.”

On Howard Stern’s radio show, the host cut back to some old tape of Tarantino praising Polanski for winning an Oscar: “Were you happy when Roman Polanski won the Oscar?”

“Yeah, that was pretty cool, actually, yeah,” Tarantino said.

“What’s so great about a rapist being the recipient of Hollywood’s highest honor?” the interviewer pressed.

“I don’t consider him a rapist,” Tarantino said.

Stern then pressed Tarantino about it, saying he didn’t understand how a man who pled guilty to unlawful sex with a minor could still be respected in Hollywood.

“How come Hollywood embraces this madman, this director who raped a 13-year-old?” Stern said.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Quentin Tarantino and Daniela Pick attend the premiere of 'The Beguiled' on June 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: Director Quentin Tarantino (L) and Honoree Kurt Russell at Goldie Hawn Honored With Double Star Ceremony On The Hollywood Walk Of Fameon May 4, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Quentin Tarantino and Michael Madsen attend 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge celebrates 25th Anniversary of 'Reservoir Dogs' with private party for Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino at 1 Hotel on April 30, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for 1 Hotel)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Director Quentin Tarantino and Singer/actress Daniella Pick attend the 'Reservoir Dogs' 25th Anniversary Screening during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Director Quentin Tarantino presents an award at the 64th Annual Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites on February 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 27: Director Quentin Tarantino speaks at the 'Reservoir Dogs' 25th Anniversary Screening during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 27, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 27: Quentin Tarantino attends the 'Reservoir Dogs' 25th Anniversary Screening during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 27, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Quentin Tarantino is seen at LAX on October 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 15: Quentin Tarantino attends the shooting of French short black-and-white silent documentary film 'La Sortie de l'Usine' directed by Catherine Deneuve at the Louis Lumiere Institute on October 15, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 14: Quentin Tarantino and Daniela Pick attend the 'Prix Lumiere 2016' award during the 8th Film Festival Lumiere In Lyon on October 14, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: Quentin Tarantino attends the 2016 AFI Conservatory commencement ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. The American Film Institute is granting honorary degrees to Rita Moreno and Quentin Tarantino for their contributions to the cinematic arts. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Director Quentin Tarantino at the Ennio Morricone Star Ceremony On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame held on February 26, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Honorees Quentin Tarantino (L) and Edwina Pellikka attend the 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards with Presenting Sponsor LACOSTE at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 23, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CDG)
ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 28: Director Quentin Tarantino attends the 'The Hateful Eight' photocall at Hassler Hotel on January 28, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Quentin Tarantino attends the premiere of 'The Hateful 8' at Zoo Palast on January 26, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Director Quentin Tarantino attends the 2016 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton on January 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 05: Director Quentin Tarantino attends his hands and footprints ceremony held at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 5, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 21: Director Quentin Tarantino Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on December 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 303 -- Pictured: (l-r) Director, Quentin Tarantino, during an interview with host Seth Meyers on December 16, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Writer/director Quentin Tarantino speaks onstage at Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' panel during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Honoree/writer/director Quentin Tarantino attends the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Barbara Kruger and Quentin Tarantino presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Director Eli Roth (L) and honoree Quentin Tarantino, wearing Gucci attend the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Barbara Kruger and Quentin Tarantino presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for LACMA)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Quentin Tarantino (L) and Uma Thurman attend the 'Clouds Of Sils Maria' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 03: Celebrity monarch Quentin Tarantino rides in the 2014 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade on March 3, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28: Director Quentin Tarantino and Courtney Hoffman arrive for the 39th Cesar Film Awards 2014 at Theatre du Chatelet on February 28, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Hekimian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Writer/director Quentin Tarantino accepts the Best Writing - Original Screenplay award for 'Django Unchained' onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (R) and writer Lianne Spiderbaby arrive at the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Writer-director Quentin Tarantino poses in the press room at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Quentin Tarantino attends A Tribute To Quentin Tarantino at MOMA on December 3, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
Uma Thurmand and Quentin Tarantino attend the Friars Club roast of Quentin Tarantino at the New York Hilton and Towers on December 1, 2010 in New York City.
President of the Venezia 67 Jury, US film director Quentin Tarantino arrives for the Awards Ceremony and the screening of 'The tempest' at the 67th Venice Film Festival on September 11, 2010 at Venice Lido. 'The tempest' is closing the festival. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: Director Quentin Tarantino attends the 'Balada Triste De Trompeta' premiere during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Sala Grande Palazzo Del Cinema on September 7, 2010 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Director Quentin Tarantino arrives at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 23, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O+BRIEN -- Episode -- Pictured: Director Quentin Tarantino during an interview on January 19, 2010 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Regisseur Quentin Tarantino Beim Inglourious Basterds Photocall In Berlin (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Quentin Tarantino attends the 'Inglourious Basterds' Press Conference at the Palais des Festivals during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Director Quentin Tarantino and actors Melanie Laurent and Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger attend the 'Inglourious Basterds' Photo Call at the Palais des Festivals during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/FilmMagic)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Director Quentin Tarantino speaks during the Ray Ban Visionary Awards honoring Quentin Tarantino held at Harry O's during the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2008 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Actor Ryan Reynolds, actress Hayden Panettiere, and director Quentin Tarantino pose during the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 4: (L-R) Josh Brolin, Quentin Tarantino and Pete Hunsinger attend Grey Goose Vodka And GQ Honor Josh Brolin As One Of GQ's 2007 Men Of The Year at WInston's on December 4, 2007 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by BRIAN LINDENSMITH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL10: Director Quentin Tarantino speaks during a segment of 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' at CBS Television City on April 10, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Quentin Tarantino, presenter of the Impact Award during 4th Annual TV Land Awards - Show at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Quentin Tarantino during 2006 Asian Excellence Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage)
Quentin Tarantino during 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Morton's in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Milan Ryba/FilmMagic)
Quentin Tarantino during 2004 Cannes Film Festival - 'Kill Bill Vol.2' - After Party in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson Archive/WireImage)
Quentin Tarantino and David Carradine during 2004 Cannes Film Festival - 'Kill Bill Vol. 2' - Photocall at Palais Du Festival in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson Archive/WireImage)
Quentin Tarantino during 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1' DVD Release Party at The Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 15: (L-R) Film director Quentin Tarantino and actress Daryl Hannah arrive for the Australian Premiere of the film 'Kill Bill - Volume 1' at the Greater Union Cinema Complex George Street on October 15, 2003 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Peter Carrette Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 02: Daryl Hannah, Julie Dreyfus, Quentin Tarantino And Uma Thurman, ', Photocall For The New Quentin Tarantino Movie �ill Bill', At The Dorchester Hotel, London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON - OCTOBER 2: (UK TABLOIDS OUT) Director Quentin Tarantino and Jonathan Ross doing Kung Fu at the London Premier of 'Kill Bill,Volume 1' by Quentin Tarantino The Empire Cinema Leicester Square, October 2, 2003 in London. (Photo by Gareth Davies/Getty Images)
Quentin Tarantino during 'The Others' Los Angeles Premiere at DGA in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
CANNES - MAY 16: American director Quentin Tarantino, American actress Uma Thurman, and actor Ethan Hawke attend the 'Chelsea Walls' party on May 16, 2001 in Cannes. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Quentin Tarantino and Woo-ping Yuen during Tarantino & Yuen. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
CANNES, FRANCE: US director Quentin Tarantino poses at the Palais des Festivals, during the 54th Cannes Film Festival, 13 May 2001. Quentin Tarantino delivered the Chopard trophy of the best producer of the year to Lawrence Bender. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 26: Director Quentin Tarantino attends the 'Cliffhanger' Hollywood Premiere on May 26, 1993 at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Patricia Arquette and Quentin Tarantino during 'True Romance' Los Angeles Premiere in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
CANADA - SEPTEMBER 15: Quentin Tarantino: Brains behind festival's primo gangster flick. (Photo by Rick Eglinton/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Harvey Keitel and Quentin Tarantino (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old, it was statutory rape… That’s not quite the same thing,” Tarantino said. “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 one of the most violent crimes in the world. You can’t throw the word rape around, is like throwing the word racist around… it just doesn’t apply to everything that people use it for.”

Stern cut in, saying that Tarantino had to know it’s wrong to have sex with a 13-year-old as a grown man.

“Look, she was down with it,” Tarantino said.

A rep for Tarantino did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the resurfacing of the interview.

Tarantino made headlines this week after a New York Times interview with Uma Thurman, in which she discusses a car crash scene in “Kill Bill” she said she asked not to do herself and caused the actress permanent neck damage.

Thurman later said that she does not believe Tarantino had any “malicious intent” in wanting her to perform the stunt herself, and said he is “remorseful” about the event. The director said in an interview with Deadline that the car crash scene is “the biggest regret of my life.”

Additionally, Tarantino’s next movie is about the murder of Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate.

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French-Polish film director Roman Polanski smiles during a conference at the Paris Book Fair on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (C) is accompanied by his lawyers as he arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (C) is accompanied by his lawyers as he arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: Director Roman Polanski presents the Musical 'Le bal des Vampires' during the 'Vivement Dimanche' French TV Show at Pavillon Gabriel on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Polish-French director Roman Polanski (R) and British former Formula One racing driver Jackie Stewart pose during a photocall before attending a screening of the film 'Week-end of a Champion', directed by Polanski and Frank Simon, in Monaco on December 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
388086 07: Film Director Roman Polanski Attends A Memorial Service For Victims Of The Holocaust, April 19, 2001 In Warsaw, Poland. The Day Marked The 58Th Anniversary Of The Uprising Of The Jews Imprisoned In The Warsaw Ghetto By The Nazi Germans. Polanski Himself Escaped From The Krakow Jewish Ghetto Earlier In World War Ii And Spent The Rest Of The War Years Hiding In Polish Villages. (Photo By East News/Getty Images)
Roman Polanski and his wife Emmanuelle Seigner - Solidarity party for Egypt - 1993. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Emmanuelle Seigner and her husband Roman Polanski, at the European cinema awards - 1989. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 1st JANUARY: Film director Roman Polanski appears at a press reception in Amsterdam, Netherlands to promote his film Tess in 1979. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 1st JANUARY: Film director Roman Polanski appears with German actress Nastassja Kinski at a press reception in Amsterdam, Netherlands to promote his film Tess in 1979. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1964: Francoise Dorleac dancing with Roman Polanski. Paris, Club Saint-Hilaire. 1963. HA-1616. (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
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