Actress Gwyneth Paltrow elaborated on a confrontation between actor Brad Pitt and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday over Weinstein’s creepy effort to have sex with her in the 1990s after he had cast her in the film “Emma.”
Weinstein has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault and harassment and is currently a subject of a sex crimes investigation by federal prosecutors.
In October 2017, Paltrow, who stars as Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, revealed that Weinstein invited her to his hotel room and made unwanted sexual advances toward her, including asking her for a massage, attempting to massage her and then inviting her to his bedroom.
Paltrow also mentioned that she told Brad Pitt, who was her boyfriend at the time, about the incident and that he confronted Weinstein over it.
During an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show on Sirius XM, Paltrow went into more detail about the confrontation.
“We had one incident in a hotel room where he tried to make a pass at me,” Paltrow said, once again talking about what Weinstein did. “It was weird. I was alone in a room with him. It was out of the blue. I was blind-sided. I was shocked.”
Weinstein also warned Paltrow not to talk about what happened in an angry phone call.
“I thought he was going to fire me,” Paltrow said. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.”
And Weinstein’s behavior did not amuse Brad Pitt, who swiftly put the predatory producer on notice.
“I told him (Pitt) right away and I was very shaken by the whole thing,” Paltrow recalled. “We were at the opening of Hamlet on Broadway. Harvey was there and Brad Pitt – it was like the equivalent of throwing him against the wall, energetically. He said, ‘If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.’ Or something like that. It was so fantastic. He leveraged his fame and power to protect me at a time when I didn’t have fame or power yet.”
If only there were more powerful men like Pitt who are willing to step up to defend women from weasels like Weinstein, especially in law enforcement and government, perhaps there would not be a need for the #MeToo movement. But at least we know there are some real good guys in Hollywood.
Pitt intends to produce a film about Weinstein’s downfall in support of the #MeToo movement.
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