FLASHBACK VIDEO=> Gwyneth Paltrow on Harvey Weinstein in 1998: “He’ll Coerce You To Do a Thing or Two”
A clip of actress Gwyneth Paltrow talking to David Letterman in 1998 about disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has emerged.
The clip begins with Letterman talking about Paltrow spending time with her family for Thanksgiving after their interview is finished. Paltrow then talks about her family living across the U.S., with her mom’s half of the family being based in California.
Letterman then jokingly asks if she is on the show based on her own free will.
“Has someone coerced you?” Letterman asked.
“Do you count Harvey Weinstein as a coercer?”, responds Paltrow.
Letterman then muses about Weinstein being involved in “organized crime.”
Paltrow then says she is proud to do all her movies with Weinstein’s company Miramax.
“Oh, he’ll coerce you to do a thing or two, haha,” then said Paltrow on if Weinstein forced her to go on Letterman.
She may have sounded like she was joking, but today we learn there was much truth to what she told Letterman.
As previously reported, embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is the subject of a devastating expose detailing decades of sexual harassment.
Hollywood literally worshipped Weinstein. Gross.
Fashion designer, Donna Karan DEFENDED Weinstein in an interview on Sunday. She also took women back several decades by suggesting the accusers were ‘asking for it’ by wearing seductive clothing.
Others in Hollywood however, are starting to come forward with their horror stories.
Last Thursday, The New York Times blew the roof off of the decades long ‘open secret’ in Hollywood that Harvey Weinstein was essentially a sexual predator who preyed on young starlets. Weinstein reportedly paid off several sexual harassment accusers over the years.
An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.
During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Gwyneth Paltrow recalls being terrified by Weinstein’s sexual abuse and says she was expected to keep the secret.
Via The New York Times:
When Gwyneth Paltrow was 22 years old, she got a role that would take her from actress to star: The film producer Harvey Weinstein hired her for the lead in the Jane Austen adaptation “Emma.” Before shooting began, he summoned her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting that began uneventfully.
It ended with Mr. Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages, she said.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said in an interview, publicly disclosing that she was sexually harassed by the man who ignited her career and later helped her win an Academy Award.
She refused his advances, she said, and confided in Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time. Mr. Pitt confronted Mr. Weinstein, and soon after, the producer threatened her not to tell anyone else about his come-on. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she said.
Even as Ms. Paltrow became known as the “first lady of Miramax” and won an Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999, very few people knew about Mr. Weinstein’s advances. “I was expected to keep the secret,” she said.