More and more woman are coming forward and accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment since The New York Times published an exposé accusing the film producer of taking advantage of young women in the industry. Now, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are stepping forward to share their own experiences with the disgraced Hollywood executive.
According to Angelina, it was in the late ’90s when Harvey made unwanted advances to her in a hotel room, which she rejected. “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 wrote in an email to The New York Times. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Gwyneth also shared a similar story, recounting how Harvey invited her to his hotel room when she was just 22 years old and suggested they go to the bedroom for massages. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said. The Goop founder went on to explain how she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt of the incident, who later confronted Harvey. However, he continued to threaten Gwyneth not to tell anyone. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she added.
Earlier this week, a New York Times investigation revealed that Harvey, who is currently married to Marchesa founder Georgina Chapman, paid off sexual accusers for decades. He attempted to apologize for his behavior but has since been fired from his position at the Weinstein Company.
“I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different… I have since learned it’s not an excuse in the office — of out of it. To anyone,” he wrote in a statement. “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.”
Rosanna Arquette, Ashley Judd, and Rose McGowan are just a few of the actresses who have also spoken out against Harvey. “We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,” Gwyneth explained. “This way of treating women ends now.”