The world has been shocked over these past few days, as they have been filled with countless reports of sexual harassment from film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Tens of famous actors and actresses have come forward and told their stories, and now, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, i.e. two of the biggest Oscar-winning Hollywood actresses, have also spoken out…
“This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
“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,” Angelina Jolie told The New York Times.
“This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable,” she added.
Gwyneth Paltrow also shared her experiences with the publication, remembering the time she was 22 years old and was hired by Harvey Weinstein to star in Emma.
She then recalled how he invited her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel before suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages…
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she told The New York Times.
She also added that she refused his advances and told her then boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident, who then confronted Harvey Weinstein directly. According to the article, he reportedly threatened Gwyneth Paltrow and insisted she not tell anyone else.
“I thought he was going to fire me”
“I thought he was going to fire me,” she added.
There are also allegations of rape against the producer – published in The New Yorker – which his reps claim he “unequivocally denies”…
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” reads a statement from his spokesperson.
“Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.
“Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.
“Mr. Weinstein has begun counselling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
We’ll keep you posted as this story undoubtedly develops.