In October, Gwyneth Paltrow came forward to the New York Times on the record about her experience with Harvey Weinstein-and how her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt intervened on her behalf to keep Weinstein from sexually harassing her or doing anything more in the future. Paltrow had been 22 and just starting in her career when Weinstein suggested she join him in the bedroom for a massage. In a new interview with Howard Stern, Paltrow opened up about what Weinstein did and how Pitt reacted in full detail:
"We had one instance in a hotel room where he made a pass at me," she recounted. "And then I really kind of stood up to him. I told my boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt," she said. Paltrow didn't anticipate what Weinstein did to her when they were alone in that room. "[I] definitely did not [have any vibe he was like this]. It was out of the blue. I was blindsided. He was fully clothed [when he said ‘let’s go take a massage’]...no bathrobe. I was shocked."
"So what happened was I told him [Brad] right away, and I was very shaken by the whole thing," she continued. "And I had two movies, I signed up to do two movies with him. I was afraid [the movies would be canceled]. And Brad Pitt, we were at the opening of Hamlet on Broadway…and Harvey was there, and Brad Pitt, it was like the equivalent of throwing him against the wall, you know, energetically."
"He came back and told me exactly what he said [to Harvey]," Paltrow recalled. "He said, ‘If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you,’ or something like that."
Overall, "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."
Paltrow also talked to Stern about her hesitation going public with her story. "It was a really big decision [to talk to New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor]. Looking back at it now, it’s much different. The landscape has completely changed so now it seems like a no brainer, but at the time, the floodgates hadn’t opened and not only did this story break, but it changed the culture completely. So I had been talking to Jodi and Megan [Twohey, another NY Times reporter who worked on the Weinstein piece] all summer before the piece came out and I hadn’t decided whether I would go on the record or not," Paltrow said. "I didn’t tell anyone all summer that I was talking to Jodi and Megan. I didn’t tell anyone."
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