Actress Blythe Danner, mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, who was one of Harvey Weinstein‘s alleged victims, defends her daughter in a New York Time’s letter to the editor, in response to a recent story by NYT writer Maureen Dowd.
Danner wrote, “I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein’s attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22 (“Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood’s Oldest Horror Story,” column, Oct. 15).”
The Meet the Parents actress said that her daughter did do something. She wrote, “After her initial shock, Gwyneth left the room immediately, and, despite the fact that Mr. Weinstein threatened her if she ever spoke of what happened, she reported it to her agent and to her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, who confronted Mr. Weinstein.”
In her column, Down insinuated that Paltrow willingly collaborated with the film producer’s advances and that she even defended him in an interview years after the incident allegedly occurred. In response to this, Danner wrote, “Gwyneth did not ‘put aside her qualms to become ‘the first lady of Miramax’ back then, as Ms. Dowd would have it. She continued to hold her own and insist that Mr. Weinstein treat her with respect.”
Paltrow revealed to The New York Times, that she was harassed by the film producer while shooting Emma in 1996. Weinstein allegedly called Paltrow to his hotel room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills for a business meeting and suggested they give one another massages. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow said. “I thought he was going to fire me. He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal…I was expected to keep the secret.”
The veteran actress recognizes that women are treated unfairly in the industry and hopes that substantive changes come after the unveiling of these misconducts and crimes. “As a longstanding member of the industry, I am much aware of the many years of its prejudiced and unacceptable behavior toward women,” Danner wrote, “No one would argue that Harvey Weinstein isn’t finally getting what he deserves. But I hope that this is the point of no return where change will occur, not only in our industry but also others.”