Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie Accuse Weinstein Of Harassment As Fresh Allegations Emerge
This article comes from ZeroHedge.com
More shocking allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Hollywood megaproducer Harvey Weinstein emerged on Tuesday when the New Yorker and the New York Times published more accounts of harassment, rape and coercion from a group of women that includes two of the most famous actresses in Hollywood.
In a follow-up piece to its original bombshell report, the New York Times published on-the-record accounts from Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, who described how Weinstein isolated them and made advances or unwanted sexual contact, which they said they rejected.
The encounters they recalled followed a similar narrative: First, they said, Mr. Weinstein lured them to a private place to discuss films, scripts or even Oscar campaigns. Then, the women contend, he variously tried to initiate massages, touched them inappropriately, took off his clothes or offered them explicit work-for-sex deals.
Yet even after becoming famous, A-list stars, both actresses felt the need to keep their experiences to themselves. Weinstein even berated Paltrow after being confronted by her then-boyfriend, actor Brad Pitt. At the time, she was 22 and had just received a breakout role in a Weinstein-produced film.
Even as Ms. Paltrow became known as the “first lady of Miramax” and won an Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999, very few people knew about Mr. Weinstein’s advances. “I was expected to keep the secret,” she said.
Jolie said Weinstein made unwanted advances toward her during the release of “Playing by Heart” in the late 1990s, 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,” Ms. Jolie said in an email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”