Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie say Harvey Weinstein harassed them
GWYNETH Paltrow and Angelina Jolie (pic) claim that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them in an explosive story in the New York Times. The report follows a bombshell Oct 5 piece in the paper chronicling decades of sexual harassment allegations and financial settlements against the studio mogul.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow said about her experience as a then 22-year-old on the set of 1996’s Emma, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel that was one of her first big roles.
Jolie recalled a similar incident, saying she was propositioned in a hotel room during the release of 1998’s 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
Judy Garland was pawed and propositioned for sex by studio bigwigs at MGM between the ages of 16 and 20, according to author Gerald Clarke, who wrote Get Happy: The Life Of Judy Garland.
One of the most notorious harassers was allegedly Louis B. did,” Jolie said in an e-mail to the Times. “This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
The second Times story alleged that Weinstein raped three women, including actress Asia Argento. The New Yorker piece also claims that Weinstein harassed Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette. The Times reporters also spoke to Arquette about an encounter with Weinstein in which he propositioned her and threatened to derail her career after she rejected his advances.
The mushrooming sexual harassment and assault scandal has rocked Hollywood. On Sunday, Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company, the indie studio he co-founded in 2005.
He has denied the allegations and said the relationships described in the Times and New Yorker stories were consensual.
Paltrow reported the incident to Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time. He confronted Weinstein about his alleged advances, and Weinstein later told her not to tell any other people about what had transpired.
Pitt confirmed her account to the
Times. Paltrow did continue working with Weinstein, winning an Oscar for
Shakespeare In Love, which he produced. However, she tells the Times that their business association eventually soured.
Paltrow told the Times that she was coming forward to send a message that this type of casting couch culture is finished. “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.” – Reuters
When a movie exec made a move on Theron, the actress told him, ‘Not going to happen! Got the wrong girl, buddy!’ — AFP
An avalanche of allegations poured out on Oct 10 against Weinstein in on-the-record reports that detailed claims of sexual abuse. It included testimonies from Jolie (left) and Paltrow. — AP