When Harvey Weinstein harassed Gwyneth Paltrow, her superstar boyfriend gave him a 'Missouri whooping'
After this confrontation, Weinstein, one of Hollywood's most powerful players, shouted at Paltrow for not keeping their meeting a secret
Gwyneth Paltrow, one among the dozens of women who was sexually harassed by disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, was shaken after he touched her inappropriately. The incident occurred in the mid 1990s when Paltrow, all of 22, was still struggling to find a footing in Hollywood.
She was invited to a meeting about her upcoming film, Emma. Instead, the meeting at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel took a different turn. Weinstein placed his hand on her and suggested a massage. The young actress refused and drove away feeling shocked and dismayed. After all, he was her mentor; her Uncle Harvey. Paltrow later confided in her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt.
Pitt, one of Hollywood's most influential stars today, was a young face in the 1990s. However, he later confronted Weinstein at a party in 1995. He poked him in the chest and said there would be consequences if he touched his girlfriend again. Pitt said, "You will not ever do this to Gwyneth ever again," according to a source, who added that Pitt gave Weinstein a "Missouri whooping", People reported.
Later, Weinstein, one of Hollywood's most powerful players, shouted at Paltrow for not keeping their meeting a secret. She told the New York Times that he was "brutal" and Paltrow feared that she would be fired.
After all, Miramax was a big production house and it could make her a star. Paltrow stuck to her guns and insisted that Weinstein continue his professional relationship with her. Her film Emma won an Oscar after its release and Paltrow went on to star in Miramax's other projects such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, Shakespeare in Love, Proof and View From the Top.
In many ways, Miramax gave Paltrow the big break she wanted. Her career took off under Weinstein's banner. Years later, she would praise him, pose with him in public, accept Oscars for movies that he produced and was expected to remain silent on the events that transpired at the Peninsula Beverley Hills Hotel. And Paltrow gradually distanced herself from Weinstein.
"He was alternately generous and supportive and championing, and punitive and bullying," she told the New York Times. Her ex-boyfriend Pitt also starred in movies that The Weinstein Company produced but according to People, though Pitt had nothing to do with Weinstein after the incident.
According to the source, Pitt wanted to act in Inglorious Basterds because Quentin Tarantino was directing it. "He did Inglourious Basterds because of his relationship with Quentin Tarantino, and had nothing to do with Harvey," the source told People.
Paltrow was only one among many women who've been sexually harassed by Weinstein. Angelina Jolie said he made unwanted advances towards her in a hotel room in the late 1990s. As a result, she chose never to work with him again. Many other actresses accused Weinstein of harassing them. Heather Graham implied that she had to have sex with him in order to clinch a movie role.
Pulp Fiction star Rosanna Arquette said Weinstein was in a bath robe when she went to the Beverly Hills Hotel to look at a new script. She said that she saw him with an erect penis and he pulled her hand towards it.
Arquette said, "I will never do that," according to ET Online. Mira Sorvino said Weinstein wanted to have a sexual relationship with her when they working on Mighty Aphrodite. Sorvino said, "He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around."
French actress Asia Argento who starred in Miramax's B. Monkey said she found herself alone with Weinstein in a hotel room after a producer took her up to his room. In her words, Weinstein forcefully performed oral sex on her even though she asked him to stop.
Argento eventually stopped and pretended to enjoy it in the hopes that it would end. "The thing with being a victim is I felt responsible. Because if I were a strong woman, I would have kicked him in the balls and run away. But I didn’t. And so I felt responsible," ET Online quoted her as saying.
Very proud of my sisters in spirit who had the courage to break the silence. Very hard for me-more so for others. We took our power back!! https://t.co/tu6hR1E6Qm— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) October 10, 2017
Just recently, Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham, Jessica Chastain, Judie Dench, Hillary Clinton and Hollywood's male celebrities came out in support of women who faced sexual abuse at the hands of Weinstein.
According to New York Times, Weinstein paid money to women who alleged that they were sexually harassed by him in hotels. All the women in the New York Times article shared a common narrative: they were called to a hotel under the pretext of a business meeting and were asked to perform sexual favours in return for a lucrative film deal or the chance to climb higher in the company. Weinstein has since been sacked from the company.
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