*Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are the latest actresses to speak out about being sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein.
The New York Times, which published the original Oct. 5 bombshell report detailing decades of allegations against the mogul, spoke to both actresses for a story published Tuesday (Oct. 10).
Paltrow says she was 22 when Weinstein invited her to his hotel suite after just being cast in the title role of “Emma.” Paltrow said she agreed to meet him at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, which has been frequently mentioned as one of his regular haunts in the city.
Though the meeting seemed like typical business at first, Paltrow tells the Times’ Jodi Kantor and Rachel Abrams that the mogul suggested they go to the bedroom for massages. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said.
Paltrow declined and told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt who later confronted Weinstein, the paper reports. Weinstein then threatened Paltrow, enough to lead her to think she was going to lose her big break. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she said. Through his rep, Pitt confirmed Paltrow’s story to the Times, the paper writes.
Paltrow and Weinstein would continue working together and two years later, she won a best actress Oscar for her work in “Shakespeare in Love,” with much of that credit being directed at Weinstein.
Meanwhile, Jolie went on the record with the Times via email, revealing that she, too, had an encounter with Weinstein in a hotel room around the release of her film “Playing by Heart” in the late 1990s.
“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. This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable,” Jolie said.
Paltrow and Jolie are just two of six additional on the record accounts delivered to the Times. It was followed this morning by The New Yorker’s bombshell report by Ronan Farrow that contained far more serious allegations that Weinstein had raped several women, including actress Asia Argento who participated in the story.
The New Yorker also posted audio of Weinstein captured by a Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez as part of a 2015 NYPD sting operation, where Weinstein is heard begging the woman to come in his room and watch him shower, despite her repeated refusals.
He also admits to groping her breast and saying “I’m used to that,” promising he won’t do it again if she just comes inside.
Weinstein, via new spokesperson Sallie Hofmeister, denied the new round of claims.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinsten. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”