Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are joining Mira Sorvino, Rossana Arquette, Asia Argento and many others speaking out about their own experiences of harassment with Harvey Weinstein.
“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,” said Jolie in an email sent to The New York Times in a report published on October 10. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
According to the report, Weinstein, allegedly made unwanted advances on Jolie in a hotel room in the late 1990s around the release of her film Playing by Heart.
Academy Award winner, Gwyneth Paltrow also shared a similar story with the Times. The actress said that after Weinstein hired her for the lead role in the 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, he asked her to come to his suite at The Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills for a business meeting that ended with him placing his hands on her body and suggesting bedroom massages.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” the actress, who was 22 at the time of the alleged encounter.
Paltrow rejected Weinstein’s alleged advances and told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, who later married Jolie. The actor confronted Weinstein “very clearly and strongly and unequivocally” during a movie premiere. The executive then allegedly threatened Paltrow over the phone not to tell anyone else. “I thought he was going to fire me,” Paltrow said. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.”
The Shakespeare in Love star has since decided to speak out in hopes of helping those facing similar situations. “We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over. This way of treating women ends now,” she said.
These testimonies come right after a report published by The New Yorker, in which multiple women, including Oscar Winner Mira Sorvino and actresses Rosanna Arquette and Asia Argento, revealed more instances of unrequited sexual advances, and in Argento’s case, claims of having been raped by the powerful film producer.