Gwyneth Pal­trow, An­gelina Jolie say Har­vey We­in­stein ha­rassed them

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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

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