TV/Movies

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie Back Up Harvey Weinstein Allegations

Every day, the news gets worse for movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who was recently fired by his own company after it became public that he has settled several sexual harassment lawsuits against him. On Tuesday, two of the most famous and accomplished actresses in Hollywood collaborated the accusations being made against the 65-year old Weinstein.

In a New York Times interview, Gwyneth Paltrow shared that Weinstein made a pass at her in a Beverly Hills hotel when she was just 22 years old. The incident took place soon after Weinstein hired Paltrow for her breakout role in the movie Emma.

Paltrow told her boyfriend of the time, Brad Pitt, about what happened with Weinstein. Pitt reportedly confronted the movie executive. However, Weinstein later told Paltrow not to tell anyone what happened between them. Paltrow revealed in the interview that at the time she was worried about losing her job if she went public.

Pitt’s now-estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, also came forward on Tuesday, sharing that she rejected advances made by Weinstein on her in a hotel room. Jolie says the incident took play around the time that her movie Playing by Heart was released in 1998.

“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,” Jolie told the New York Times via email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

Paltrow and Jolie now join a growing list of actresses who have come forward to share that they have been sexually harassed by Weinstein at some point in their career. That list also includes actresses Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, and Rosanna Arquette.

“We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,” Paltrow concludes. “This way of treating women ends now.”