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Since The New York Times published a bombshell report filled with sexual-harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday, more women in Hollywood have gone public with descriptions of inappropriate behavior by the powerful film producer – including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
On Tuesday morning, The New Yorker published an article in which three women accused Weinstein of rape.
When Paltrow was 22 years old, Weinstein hired her to star in the movie “Emma.” Before filming began, she told The Times, Weinstein invited her up to his room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what she thought was a professional meeting – a common detail among accusations against Weinstein.
Paltrow told The Times that the meeting ended with Weinstein touching her and suggesting they massage each other. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said.
Paltrow said she refused Weinstein’s advances and told her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, about them. After Pitt confronted Weinstein, Weinstein told Paltrow not to tell anyone else about the incident, she recounted to The Times. “I thought he was going to fire me,” Paltrow said. Pitt confirmed her story to The Times via email.
Paltrow, however, continued to appear in Weinstein movies. In 1998, Paltrow won the Oscar for best actress for her work in “Shakespeare in Love,” which Weinstein produced.
Jolie told The Times that Weinstein harassed her in a hotel room in the late ’90s with an unwanted advance. “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth,” Jolie said. “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.”
Rosanna Arquette, who starred in “Pulp Fiction,” and the French actress Judith Godrèche also have similar stories. Other actresses who have openly accused Weinstein of sexually harassing or assaulting them include Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, and Mira Sorvino. Weinstein was fired by The Weinstein Company, which he cofounded, on Sunday.