Uma Thurman Feels ‘Violated’ by Surprise Kiss from Italian Entrepreneur at Cannes amfAR Auction
No means no.
Uma Thurman, the host of Cannes Film Festival’s amfAR auction on Thursday, was not amused when Italian entrepreneur Lapo Elkann unexpectedly swept in for a kiss upon receiving his $196,000 prize. The kiss was caught on camera in front of the entire audience, but Thurman’s representative has made it clear that the gesture was not consensual.
“It is opportunism at its worst. She wasn’t complicit in it,” Leslie Sloane said in a statement. “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,” Sloane continued.
There is allegedly video of the incident, which Thurman’s camp has requested from amfAR.