The Iron Man actress is among dozens of women who have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, telling The New York Times how he made unwanted advances towards her in a hotel room when she was just 22-years-old.
She claimed that the heavyweight producer put his hands on her suggestively and tried to lead her into a bedroom for a joint massage following a meeting in a Beverly Hills hotel after he hired her for the lead role in Emma.
After rejecting his advances, Paltrow revealed that she confided in her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who reportedly confronted Weinstein about the incident at a Hollywood party around 1995.
‘Brad threatened Harvey,’ a sourced claimed to People. ‘He got right in his face, poked him in the chest and said, “You will not ever do this to Gwyneth ever again.”‘
The insider also claimed that Brad ‘made it clear there would be consequences’ and advised Weinstein that the events described by Paltrow would never happen again.
Paltrow told the NYT that following the alleged confrontation Weinstein called her and threatened her not to speak to anyone else about the incident.
‘I thought he was going to fire me,’ she told the paper. ‘He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.’
In the same interview, his estranged wife Angelina Jolie identified herself as another victim.
They join Asia Argento, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino and a number of other women who all say they were at some point sexually harassed by Weinstein over the last 30 years.
Following the NYT investigation that ran last week, Weinstein noted that he’d come of age in a ‘different culture’ when rules about behaviour in the workplace ‘were different’.
Weinstein was fired from his own company for his ‘misconduct’ after more actresses brought sexual harassment reports against him.
A representative for him has now said: ‘Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.’
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