LOS ANGELES, CA — As allegations of sexual assault against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to grow, even top celebrities are coming forward with claims of rape and sexual harassment.
Hollywood A-listers Gwyenth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are the latest to claim that Weinstein, a film producer and former film studio executive, sexually harassed and assaulted them.
In an interview with The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/gwyneth-paltrow-angelina-jolie-harvey-weinstein.html) Paltrow says Weinstein called her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel shortly after casting her in the lead role for “Emma” and suggested they go to his bedroom for a massage.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow said. After refusing his advances, Paltrow claims she told fellow actor Brad Pitt, whom she was dating at the time, what occurred and that Pitt confronted the Hollywood powerhouse.
“I thought he was going to fire me,” she said of Weinstein, who she said later threatened her and told her to keep quiet.
Also speaking to The New York Times, Angelina Jolie said that she, too, has had run-ins with the powerful film producer.
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth,” said Jolie, who claims Weinstein made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room. “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,” the Academy Award-winning actress said.
Three other women went on record with Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker (https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/from-aggressive-overtures-to-sexual-assault-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-tell-their-stories) claiming that Weinstein raped them. Four others accused Weinstein of fondling them and still four more said Weinstein exposed himself in front of them and performed lewd acts in their presence.
In response to being fired from his own company in light of the allegations, Weinstein says he is, in fact, the victim.
In a statement issued to the New Yorker, Weinstein’s rep Sallie Hofmeister said, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
“Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual,” the statement goes on. “Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”