Mega-film producer Harvey Weinstein is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including allegations of rape and conspiring with his staff to take advantage of women. Now, A-list actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have submitted claims of their own against the producer, saying Weinstein sexually harassed them.
After The New York Times exposed Weinstein’s behavior in a report last week, a snowball effect brought new allegations to light. Now, in a new story in the publication, Paltrow and Jolie are telling their own accounts of run-ins with the beleaguered movie man.
Paltrow says in 1996 when she was 22, she worked with Weinstein on an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, “Emma.” She said she was “a kid” and “petrified.”
According to Paltrow, she was asked to join him in his suite at The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting, much the same as other accounts given by women who were later assaulted.
Paltrow said Weinstein put his hands on her and suggested they head to the bedroom for massages, according to the report.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said in an interview.
Paltrow says she refused his advances and told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt about it. Pitt reportedly confronted Weinstein, who she says later warned about telling anyone else about his advances.
“I thought he was going to fire me,” Paltrow said. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.” She says she stood her ground and insisted the relationship was kept professional.
Jolie reports being part of a similar incident in 1998, saying she was propositioned in a hotel room during the release of “Playing by Heart.”
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie reportedly told the Times in an email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Paltrow said she’s coming forward now to end the culture of asking for sexual favors in return for casting in films.
“We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,” Paltrow said. “This way of treating women ends now.”
An audio tape of Weinstein abusing a woman was released by the New Yorker. You can listen to it by clicking here.
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