'He Protected Me' Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals How Harvey Weinstein Once Assaulted Her And Brad Pitt Came To The Rescue
Since the Harvey Weinstein saga exploded in the media, over 50 women including Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow have come forward to share their stories.
As the allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Weinstein continued to intensify, actress Gwyneth Paltrow talked about her own experience.
In a statement published by New York Times, Paltrow revealed that after she was cast by Weinstein in the movie Emma in 1996, he invited her to his hotel suite.
Paltrow was 22 at the time. She said Weinstein placed his hands on her and asked for a massage. Paltrow told the publication:
I was a kid, I was petrified.
Brad Pitt to the rescue
In a recent interview with radio host, Howard Stein, Paltrow shared a bit more information on what happened that day many years ago, including how then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, defended her.
She revealed that after refusing Weinstein's advances, she told Brad Pitt what occurred. Then during the opening of 'Hamlet' on Broadway in 1995, Brad confronted Weinstein and threatened him.
It was like the equivalent of throwing him against the wall. It was so fantastic because what he did was, he leveraged his fame and power to protect me at a time when I didn’t have fame or power yet.
Apparently, Pitt's threat worked because Paltrow said Weinstein was never "inappropriate" with her again. On how things were between herself and Weinstein since the incident, she said:
I did put it behind me but … our professional relationship was pretty fraught at times.
Harvey Weinstein update
A sex-crimes investigation into Harvey Weinstein has kicked off. According to the Wall Street Journal, federal investigators are looking into the allegations that he performed sex crimes against women.
Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman was asked for a comment, he confirmed that he had indeed been approached by federal investigators but insisted that Weinstein never "engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts."
The outcome of the case remains to be seen.