A number of Hollywood’s leading ladies are continuing to come forward to accuse former studio executive Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie described their alleged experiences with the film producer in an article published by the New York Times on Tuesday, October 10.
Gwyneth was only 22-years-old when Harvey hired her for the movie Emma. Prior to shooting, she claimed that the producer summoned her to his hotel suite, where he placed his hands on her and suggested they go to the bedroom for massages. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Gwyneth, 45, confessed. The actress, who saw the executive as a mentor, recalled thinking, “I thought you were my Uncle Harvey.”
Gwyneth claimed that the film producer placed his hands on her when she was 22-years-old Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images
At the time, Gwyneth confided in her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who approached the movie mogul and told him to never touch his girlfriend again. The actress revealed that Harvey was not happy that she had discussed their episode with Brad. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she shared. “He screamed at me for a long time.” Despite the alleged incident, Gwyneth continued to work with Harvey and ended up winning an Academy Award in 1999 for her role in Shakespeare in Love. She said, “I was expected to keep the secret.”
Brad’s ex-wife, Angelina Jolie, 42, also revealed that Harvey made unwanted advances at her in a hotel room back in the late ‘90s 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,” Angelina said in an email to the NYT. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Brad reportedly confronted Harvey after his then-girlfriend Gwyneth told him about what the producer did Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
In another exposé by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker, several other actresses came forward to reveal Harvey’s sexual misconduct, including Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino and Italian actress Asia Argento. Harvey’s sexual harassment allegations came to light last week after The New York Times published an exposé on October 5. In an intial statement to The New York Times, the 65-year-old said: “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then. I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office - or out of it. To anyone.”
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go,” Harvey said, adding that he was planning on working with therapists and would be taking a leave of absence from his company to “deal with this issue head on.” However by Sunday, the studio executive was fired from The Weinstein Company.