One Of The First To Come Forward
After the massive story about Harvey Weinstein's years of sexual assault and misconduct was broken by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey in the New York Times back in 2017, actress and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the first women to come forward about how Weinstein treated her.
She spoke about how Weinstein tried to manipulate her into sex after she was cast in Emma, which he produced. Paltrow explained that he invited her back to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel and suggested they give each other massages. She was 22-years-old.
"I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified."
Time Was Up
When Paltrow was visiting The Today Show to promote her new Netflix series, The Politician, the incident came up again. Kantor and Twohey had recently been on the program, so host Savannah Guthrie asked Paltrow whether or not she was scared to come forward with the allegations. Paltrow replied:
"I was really scared. I think society had shown us only basically examples where women coming forward ended up not being advantageous for the woman but I really felt like it was time."
It's For Her Daughter As Well
Paltrow continued, responding that her main reason for coming forward was to help build a better world for her 15-year-old daughter, Apple.
"I think also having a teenage daughter that’s the love of my life, and worrying about her going into the workplace and feeling like if there was ever a chance that there could be a cultural shift on this stuff, I wanted to participate in. I never could have imagined that collectively a shift this seismic would happen, but I feel proud that I have a small part in it."
Brad Pitt Weighed In On The Experience
Back when Paltrow shared her story, it came out that Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time had threatened Weinstein with physical harm if he ever harassed Paltrow again. When CNN's Christiane Amanpour called Pitt a hero for stepping in, Pitt said he thought that was "a bit much."
"At that moment, I was just a boy from the Ozarks on the playground. That’s how we confronted things. I wanted to make sure that nothing happened further because she was going to do two films. I think the interesting thing is that we — Hollywood specifically but the workplace, men and women’s dynamics — is being recalibrated in a very good way. It’s long overdue. I do think that’s an important story to tell."