Published Oct 10, 2017The Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to snowball, with a seemingly endless list of accusations coming to light. Following last week's New York Times piece detailing decades of sexual harassment, the New Yorker has published allegations that he raped at least three women. Now, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have come forward to detail their experiences with the notorious producer.
In an email to the New York Times, Angelina Jolie said that Weinstein made unwanted advances on her in the late '90s while she was promoting the film 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," she said. "This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."
Gwyneth Paltrow had a similar story. Prior to filming Emma, Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting. In a story that sounds all too familiar at this point, Weinstein placed his hands on her and suggested they head to his bedroom for a massage.
"I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," Paltrow remembered. She confided in her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein and warned him not to touch her again. He responded by chastising Paltrow for speaking out about the event. "He screamed at me for a long time," she recalled. "It was brutal."
Dubbed the "first lady of Miramax," Paltrow achieved great success through her working relationship with Weinstein. Still, she was expected to stay silent on Weinstein's sexual harassment. "He was alternately generous and supportive and championing, and punitive and bullying," she said.
Paltrow concluded that it's time to speak out against Weinstein. "We're at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over.... This way of treating women ends now."
Though he initially apologized for his actions, Weinstein has since denied all wrongdoing through a lawyer. Over the weekend, he was fired from The Weinstein Company.