The New York Post continues its vigorous defense of All Cops Everywhere from the extremely rude Quentin Tarantino, reporting today that the director never actually spent any time in jail, despite repeated claims over many years that he spent at least 8 days in Los Angeles County lockup for traffic tickets.
“I spent 8 days in the county jail on traffic warrants once. If you can’t make bail they lock you up. At first I thought, ‘Wow, I’m going to pick up some great dialogue in here.’ But then you realize what a waste of time it is,” Tarantino told Paris Voice in 1992. “They treat you like an animal and nobody wants to be treated like an animal.”
But, according to the Post, this never actually happened. “A check of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jail records revealed no evidence that Mr. Tarantino was ever incarcerated in our jail system,” Captain Christopher Reed of the LA County Sheriff’s Office said.
(The astute reader will notice, however, that Captain Reed’s statement does not claim that Tarantino never spent any time in LA County jail, just that the sheriff’s office doesn’t have any record of his having done so.)
The Post and a variety of police unions have been going after Tarantino since he participated in an anti-police brutality demonstration in New York last month. “I have to call a murder a murder,” he said at the rally. “And I have to call a murderer a murderer.”
Recently, in an interview with Bill Maher, Tarantino framed the experience—the details of which vary across the many times he recounted it, and which may or may not have actually happened—as a way of expressing solidarity with demonstrators protesting police brutality. He also discussed the criticism he’s received since appearing at the rally.
“I’m glad they’re not intimidating you,” Maher said. “Because they can be very intimidating. They can pull you over.”
“I’m looking in my rear-view mirror again—I’m seeing the bubblegums again—in a way that I haven’t thought about in 20 years!”
Sounds exciting, maybe he’ll get some dialogue out of it.