Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, And More Come Forward With Stories About Harvey Weinstein

The allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein have been never-ending since The New York Times published their expose last Thursday. Lots of people have spoken up, some to condemn, or say they were unaware of the rumors. Harvey Weinstein was one of the first people Gwyneth Paltrow thanked when she won an Oscar back in 1999, so I kind of kept expecting to see her release some kind of statement about this ugly mess with Harvey. Instead of a statement, Gwyneth, as well as others like Angelina Jolie, went to The New York Times and The New Yorker with awful stories of their own.

We’ll start with Gwyneth’s first. When Gwyneth was 22, Harvey Weinstein hired her for the 1996 film Emma, distributed by Miramax. Before shooting began, Gwyneth alleges that Harvey arranged for a work meeting in his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. The meeting started innocently enough, but allegedly ended with Harvey putting his hands on her shoulders and suggesting they move to his bedroom for massages. Gwyneth says of the alleged sexual harassment:

“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified.”

Gwyneth says she refused the massage and got out of there fast, adding that she was completely shocked it happened, because she saw “Uncle Harvey” as a mentor. The meeting with Harvey in his hotel room never seemed weird to Gwyneth, because it was professionally arranged and the details faxed from Creative Artists Agency.

Gwyneth told a few people about what allegedly happened, including her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt. Brad didn’t take the news well; Gwyneth says Brad confronted Harvey at a movie premiere about what allegedly happened in the hotel suite. (Brad confirmed Gwyneth’s story to the Times through his rep). Gwyneth says Harvey responded to Brad’s threat by calling her up and tearing a strip off her for ratting him out.

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. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.”

Despite Harvey being an alleged creep to her and giving her more work, like her Oscar-winning role in Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth says she was expected to “keep the secret.” But she’s done keeping his secret now, because “women need to send a clear message that this is over.

Angelina Jolie’s story is much shorter, but is still just as gross. Angelina claims that in 1998, around the release of the film Playing by Heart (released by Miramax), Harvey allegedly tried to put the moves on a 23-year-old Angelina in his hotel room.

“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. This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

Oh, but it gets worse. The New Yorker published Ronan Farrow’s rumored expose today. Ronan also got a few people to go on record regarding their alleged experiences with Harvey Weinstein, including Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette, and Mira Sorvino. Thirteen women in total allege Harvey came at them with various awful forms of sexual harassment and assault, ranging from unwanted touching to forced sex. Four of the women claim that Harvey has exposed himself of masturbated in front of them. Sixteen former employees or executives of The Weinstein Company and Miramax claim to have witnessed or had knowledge of alleged workplace harassment and assault. Four actresses, including Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, believe that after they rejected Harvey’s alleged advances, they were deliberately removed from projects.

Rosanna Arquette alleges her experience with Harvey happened in the early 90s, after she was asked to pick up a script from him at the Beverly Hills Hotel. When she arrived, Harvey – wearing a bathrobe – allegedly asked her to massage his neck. When she recommended he call a professional massage therapist, he allegedly grabbed her hand and put it on his crotch. When she pulled away, Rosanna alleges he warned her that she was making “a big mistake.” The part ended up going to someone else.

Asia Argento alleges that about 20 years ago, she went to Harvey’s hotel room in France under the assumption he was hosting a party. Instead, she alleges she found Harvey Weinstein wanting a massage. She claims she reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, which turned into Harvey forcibly performing oral sex on her. It happened, she says, because she was afraid he would “crush” her.

“I was not willing…The thing with being a victim is I felt responsible. Because if I were a strong woman, I would have kicked him in the balls and run away. But I didn’t. And so I felt responsible.”

Her films The Stendhal Syndrome and the film B. Monkey were both released by Miramax in 1996 and 1999, respectively. She says she felt an obligation to Harvey, and that her fear of Harvey crushing her career is why she chose not to speak out until now.

Mira Sorvino alleges that while promoting Mighty Aphrodite in 1995 at the Toronto International Film Festival (a film she too went on to win an Oscar for), Harvey invited her to his hotel room, allegedly started massaging her shoulders, then chased her around the room. Mira says she got out of it by claiming her religion prevents her from sleeping with married men. Harvey allegedly tried to get with her again later in New York, this time at her apartment (he was thwarted by a friend pretending to be Mira’s boyfriend). Mira believes that turning down Harvey so many times ended up hurting her career.

And remember back in 2015 when model Ambra Battilana accused Harvey of groping her, and the police ended up getting involved? The New Yorker has audio of a sting set up by the NYPD’s Special Victims Division. Ambra was asked to wear a wire and meet with Harvey at his Tribeca hotel after she had objected to him allegedly groping her. When she asked why he did it, he reportedly answered:

“Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in. I’m used to that. Come on. Please.”

A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein issued a statement in response to The New Yorker’s piece. Of course Harvey is denying it all, and says everything was consensual.

“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. 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.”

But don’t close your laptop just yet, Harvey’s spokesperson. I’m sure it won’t be long before you’re forced to type up yet another eye roll-worthy denial.

Pic: Wenn.com

25 Comments

  1. Mrs. Buttloaves

    yes! they can bleed the company, which would be ironic if indeed this started with the brother wanting control…soon there will be nothing left to control.

  2. And you could stop being such a fucking hypocrite pretending you’re less judgemental than other people. But hey, it’s a-okay to be so desperate for a drug that you’re willing to degrade yourself for it. That’s not normal behavior. It’s called addiction and these people need help instead of virtue signalling, selfish idiots pretending not to judge so they can feel good about themselves. How about you take a minute to evaluate your own behavior?

  3. You Ain't No Sanjaya

    heard from whom?

  4. You Ain't No Sanjaya

    I feel like celebs these days have now been around for ever. Their is always a new, fresh face around, but the longevity of stars who got their start in the 80s, when studios were all like this, it’s kind of unprecedented. Partly because cosmetic surgery is so good, but also they take good care of themselves. So a real sea change in hollywood is possible, if the Brad Pitts, Meryl Streeps, Reese Witherspoons, Nicole Kidmans and Matt McConaghys of the world ban together and make it better for the new kids coming up. They all have their far flung activism in 3rd world countries, but what about the systemic rape in an industry where they are power players?

  5. Yeah I don’t trust them to have an independent investigation on the sexual predator they protected. However, the public should not relieve them of the pressure to do it.

    I just want some actresses to start the civil suits against Harvey and the Weinstein Company.

  6. IchLiebeDanielBruehl

    Can you imagine a woman like Shelly Duvall getting an acting job these days?

  7. frenchielover

    I’m sure it contributed to it… but Spielberg’s an animal and well guarded

  8. I was banned on my last username because I called them out for what happened to several of the black commenters. They banned them for criticizing the lack of BET coverage. I mean, it’s their blog so they can cover what they want but they can’t pretend to be woke (god I hate that word) and then sensor opinions they think make them look bad or deviates from the image they want to project. That blog is a sham.

  9. So the alcohol had nothing to do with her career downslide?

  10. Leah Spencer

    Not a word yet from his current special pets, Joaquin “Jesus” Phoenix and Rooney “Mary Magdalene” Mara.

  11. Exactly this! If someone like Gwyneth or Angelina who had a parent in the business and millions of dollars at their disposal can’t come forward what hope is there for millions of woman that go thru this and don’t have those same advantages.

  12. Kathleenicorn

    Jonathan brandis

  13. frenchielover

    Oh, and I have first hand knowledge of how spielberg killed Sean Young’s career back in the day. He sexually harassed her and when she wouldn’t , he killed her career making her Crazy! she is actually a very smart woman . Yep… the heads are going to roll. Tip of the iceberg!

  14. frenchielover

    His Wife Knew. How could she not? He built her fashion house, they were A list! She’s british and put in 10 years… 2 kids., I’m sure she filed because all this shit is public now and it’s probably in violation of her prenup . The gravy train has ended. She’s moving on. The End. Mark my words, Weinstein is going to do a Polanski . He will not come back from Europe.

  15. Kathleenicorn

    Its because there’s strength in numbers you jackass. A lot harder to face the media etc alone than it is with a bunch if others who went thru tge exact same thing. Finally ppl more likely to believe u and ur not alone. Not rocket science

  16. That’s because he has small hands.

  17. I’m sorry, but Asia Argento had some culpability to. Weinstein is a disgusting scumbag pig who was using her, but she continued to keep seeing him because she wanted to make it in the industry. Nothing is more precious than one’s self-respect, and she forfeited that for a career. Why would you want to work in an industry that devalues your worth as a woman? It’s the equivalent of making a deal with the devil.

  18. I’m sorry, but these women should be ashamed of themselves for not going public with this information years ago. Actresses like Gwyneth, Angelina, and Mira Sorvino had enough cache and credibility to come forward with this information and not have it affect their careers. Many of them still maintained a rapport with Weinstein and continued to work with him. They’re in a far better position than most women who go through this, many of whom don’t have the financial advantages or the public platform to call out their perpetrators. They all compare notes. They could have come forward together years ago. Perhaps they should have prioritized self-respect over their career interests.

  19. BellaDonnaSleeps

    Against Bill?

  20. Harry_withthegoodhair

    Fascinating….

  21. Weren’t they referring to Michael Jackson raping them?

  22. Harry_withthegoodhair

    I didn’t.. You thought wrong… But thanks

  23. Harry_withthegoodhair

    Receipts?

  24. Harry_withthegoodhair

    I have no need for your sarcasm

  25. Kaiser is such a whiny little bitch. That’s right. I said it.

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