The Harvey Weinstein sex scandal continues to grow larger by the day as Hollywood A-List actresses continue to come forward with claims of harassment. Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow each admit that Weinstein came on to them while they were young actresses in the 90’s, and Brad Pitt risked his career by confronting the producer.
According to the new reports, when Paltrow was 22 and trying to get the lead role in the Miramax film Emma, Weinstein invited her to his hotel room and attempted to put his hands on her while asking for a massage. The Oscar-winning actress told the New York Times that she was terrified.
However, things didn’t end there. Paltrow’s boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, confronted Weinstein after Paltrow told him what happened.
According to the source, Pitt “got right in his face, poked him in the chest and said, ‘You will not ever do this to Gwyneth ever again.’” He then told Weinstein that there would be consequences, threatening him with a “Missouri whooping.” Pitt grew up in Springfield, Missouri.
This was an incredibly risky move for Pitt since he was not yet a major player in Hollywood, and Weinstein was a powerful executive. However, standing up for his girlfriend didn’t hurt his career or hers, and they both went on to be huge stars.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 10, 2017
After the incident, Pitt never wanted to work with Weinstein or his company again and didn’t until 2009 when he starred in Inglorious Bastards. However, he only agreed to be a part of that project because he wanted to work with director Quentin Tarantino. He did make sure to keep his interaction with Weinstein at a minimum.
He also worked with him again in 2012’s Killing Them Softly.
As for Jolie, she said she had a “bad experience” with the disgraced producer in the late 90’s while shooting Playing by Heart. He made unwanted advances toward the actress, and she chose to never work with him again. She has also warned others about working with him.
In an email to the New York Times, Jolie wrote that this kind of behavior towards women is unacceptable in any field and any country.
Weinstein’s alleged offenses spanned over more than three decades and had numerous victims. His company reached settlements with at least eight women, and as a result of the story being revealed to the public, The Weinstein Company fired him from his position as head of the studio.