Pitt, who was dating Paltrow at the time, confronted Weinstein about the incident at a Hollywood party around 1995, a source tells PEOPLE. “Brad threatened Harvey,” says the source. “He got right in his face, poked him in the chest and said, ‘You will not ever do this to Gwyneth ever again.’
The source adds that Pitt “made it clear there would be consequences” if Weinstein tried anything again, and “described it as giving Harvey a ‘Missouri whooping.’” “He made it absolutely clear this was not going to happen again and it didn’t,” explains the source.
As for Weinstein’s response, the source says, “At first Harvey tried to explain, then he stopped and listened and got the message.” The source notes that Pitt was not yet a major star at the time, and was “taking a big risk” by confronting Weinstein: “He was a young guy in Hollywood taking a chance.” Still, the source says, “He’s one of the only men in Hollywood who stood up and said something. That’s a fact.”
After the confrontation, Paltrow told the NYT that Weinstein called her and threatened her not to speak to anyone else about it. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she told the paper. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.” altrow, who would go on to win a Best Actress Oscar in 1999 for the Weinstein-produced Shakespeare in Love, “feels relieved and pleased to have spoken out,” says the source.
Pitt also worked with Weinstein again, starring in Inglourious Basterds in 2009, which The Weinstein Company released and Harvey executive produced. Says the source: “He did Inglourious Basterds because of his relationship with Quentin Tarantino, and had nothing to do with Harvey.”
In the NYT report that ran last week, eight women — including actress Ashley Judd — spoke out against Weinstein, accusing him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. The paper also reported that Weinstein reached private settlements with eight women, including actress Rose McGowan.
More victims emerge: Asia Argento (above in 2004) says that Harvey Weinstein raped her
On Tuesday, a new story in The New Yorker revealed — among 13 different women’s accounts of alleged sexual harassment, assault or rape — that the mogul allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on Italian actress Asia Argento two decades ago. Actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette also claimed that after rejecting Weinstein’s unwanted advances, they were removed from or kept from being hired for projects.
In response to the lengthy allegations made against Weinstein in the New Yorker piece, a spokesperson for Weinstein 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. 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.”
On Sunday, Weinstein was removed from his powerhouse film studio in the wake of the publication of the allegations in the first New York Times report published last week.
Harvey Weinstein’s wife leaves him for ‘unforgivable actions’ as sex scandal deepens
Harvey Weinstein’s wife has announced she has left him, describing his behaviour as “unforgivable” amid an escalating number of claims of sexual harassment against the disgraced movie mogul.
British fashion designer Georgina Chapman said her “heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain”, as Hollywood stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie joined a growing list of Weinstein’s alleged victims. It comes as Weinstein reportedly flew to Europe by private jet to check into rehab to undergo therapy for sex addiction and “other behavioral issues”. Ms Chapman, 41, broke her six-day silence by telling People magazine she has left the film mogul, whom she married in 2007.
After Weinstein earlier claimed that his wife was standing by him, she said in a statement: “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. “Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.” Ms Chapman made the announcement as the 65-year-old Hollywood producer was accused of rape by three other women in an explosive expose in the New Yorker magazine. The allegations marked a shocking escalation of a scandal that has engulfed Hollywood.
Both Paltrow and Jolie described how the producer, who was instrumental in launching Paltrow’s career, made unwanted advances toward them in hotel rooms. In the same article in the New York Times, five other women went on the record to allege sexual assualt or harassment at the hands of Weinstein. He has vehemently denied the claims and said all his sexual relations were consensual.
President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he has known movie mogul Harvey Weinstein ‘a long time’ and that he’s ‘not surprised’ by the revelations he paid eight women money to settle sexual harassment claims over the past three decades. When asked by a reporter how the Weinstein revelations were different from an Access Hollywood tape in which Trump is overheard saying he grabs women by the genitals, he replied: ‘That’s locker room. That’s locker room.’
The president made the remarks to reporters at the White House on Saturday. They came as the scandal became politically charged with many on the right pointing out Weinstein’s links to the Hillary campaign. Clinton is yet to comment on the scandal but her daughter Chelsea retweeted a series of posts attacking the right for politicizing the Weinstein expose and bringing up his political donations.