Singer Fergie has leapt to the defence of Quentin Tarantino following a resurfaced video which shows the director biting her on the set of Grindhouse film Planet Terror.
The video came to light in the midst of backlash against the director following an article in which Uma Thurman seemed to reveal that the filmmaker choked on and spat at her during the filming of Kill Bill, claims Tarantino himself acknowledged in an interview with Deadline (Thurman later defended the director herself).
Fergie has supported the director suggesting that the video - filmed in 2006 - has been taken out of context branding the behaviour “banter.”
Speaking to E! News, Fergie stated: “First off, I stand with victims everywhere no matter what genre, race, gender, age. I stand with victims period, and I don't want to take away from anyone's story. That just wasn't my story.”
She continued: “We were just kind of having banter. We were having a little bit of fun... But make no mistake, I don't want to take away from anyone's story, and I stand with every victim and everyone's story everywhere.”
In the original video, in which Tarantino can be seen playing a zombie in the Robert Rodriguez-directed section of the film. Fergie says: “We kept having to re-do the scene because [he] was getting so into being this creature that he was making all these noises. So we're doing the scene, right? And it comes to the part, and he starts biting me.”
She then shows the camera a bite mark below her right shoulder following which Rodriguez can be heard adding: “It wasn't a bad - it wasn't like a bite. She wasn't bleeding or anything. Certainly he felt some teeth on flesh, but it happens, people get into their role.”