Box office stars Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have now jumped on the bandwagon to claim that beleaguered Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them over the last 30 years. Both say Weinstein tried to pressure them into sexual trysts when they were just starting out in the business.
According to The New York Times, well over a dozen women are now claiming they were subjected to sexual harassment at the hands of the Hollywood movie mogul. Now Jolie and Paltrow have added their voices to the din.
Paltrow says that Weinstein harassed her when she was only 22-years-old and trying to get a movie role in the 1996 movie “Emma.”
Paltrow charged that Weinstein summoned her to his suite for a “meeting” that quickly turned physical.
“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 warned her not to tell anyone else about his come-on. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she said.
Paltrow added that Weinstein “screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.”
Actress Jolie has a similar story. During the 1998 film “Playing by Heart,” Jolie claims Weinstein made unwanted advances toward her in her 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,” Ms. Jolie said in an email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
“Rosanna Arquette, a star of ‘Pulp Fiction,’ has a similar account of Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, as does Judith Godrèche, a leading French actress,” the paper added.
The revelations come on the heels of the Times’ recent “investigation” of decades of accusations against the movie producer.
Many stories by the accusers are very similar in how the harassment went down:
The encounters they recalled followed a similar narrative: First, they said, Mr. Weinstein lured them to a private place to discuss films, scripts or even Oscar campaigns. Then, the women contend, he variously tried to initiate massages, touched them inappropriately, took off his clothes or offered them explicit work-for-sex deals.
Naturally, Weinstein “unequivocally” denies the accusations.
In a statement on Tuesday, his spokeswoman, 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. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”
All week more accusations and details have emerged about the producer’s actions. And Weinstein did not act alone…
Even in an industry in which sexual harassment has long persisted, Mr. Weinstein stands out, according to the actresses and current and former employees of the film companies he ran, Miramax and the Weinstein Company. He had an elaborate system reliant on the cooperation of others: Assistants often booked the meetings, arranged the hotel rooms and sometimes even delivered the talent, then disappeared, the actresses and employees recounted. They described how some of Mr. Weinstein’s executives and assistants then found them agents and jobs or hushed actresses who were upset.
At least thirteen women have now come out to charge Weinstein with harassment. And more are sure to come. There is even a shocking audio tape made by a woman who had agreed to go undercover for the New York Police Special Victims Unit.
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) October 10, 2017
So, why haven’t we heard about these accusations for the whole of the thirty years he’s been carrying on like this?
Follow the money…
He gave $250,000 to Hillary “the champion for women” Clinton, for one. Weinstein is also one of the biggest donors to Planned Parenthood in the country.
Give Hillary a break. It's not like she recently hung out with…oh. pic.twitter.com/se40rFyKyu
— BT (@back_ttys) October 9, 2017
May 2017: Harvey Weinstein and his wife at the 100th Anniversary Gala for Planned Parenthood pic.twitter.com/cGOG0IRBov
— The Patriarch Tree (@PatriarchTree) October 6, 2017
Liberals don’t out their own, even if they are alleged criminals.