Uma Thurman ‘Violated’ by Forced Charity Kiss
Uma Thurman feels “violated” after an Italian entrepreneur took advantage of a charity kiss and forced a full-on make out session during a Cannes Film Festival event.
The Kill Bill actress offered up a lip-lock to help raise funds at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala, which she helped to host on Thursday night, and the winning bid of $196,000 was placed by businessman Lapo Elkann.
However, instead of enjoying a simple kiss on the lips, Elkann was photographed grabbing Thurman’s face and going in for an aggressive smooch, leaving the actress a little taken aback.
She appeared to go along with the stunt and managed to maintain her composure, even smiling for the cameras after the uncomfortable incident, but now her publicist, Leslie Sloane, has made it clear Thurman did not agree to such an inappropriate display.
“It is opportunism at its worst. She wasn’t complicit in it,” Sloane wrote in a statement issued to People. “Somewhere in his head he must have thought it an appropriate way of behaving. It clearly wasn’t.”
“She is very unhappy that this happened to her and feels violated.”
She added to Daily Mail, “It looks like she was happy to have it happen, but it was not consensual.”
Thurman, a mother of three, is reportedly dating hotelier Andre Balazs once more, after splitting in 2007 following three years together. They reunited for a vacation in St. Bart’s last year, and appeared to be firmly back on as they attended the Met Gala in New York City May 2.
Thurman, 46, wasn’t the only celebrity to offer something up for auction for the charity event. Leonardo DiCaprio decided to open his home to the highest bidder, giving them a week-long vacation for 12 guests at his Palm Springs, California estate early next year, although the stay does not include any time with the Oscar winner himself. His lot sold for $336,000. The event’s opening host, Kevin Spacey, also sold a day with him and a walk-on role on House of Cards for $560,000.