Gwyneth Paltrow says that Harvey Weinstein lied about her to lure women
By the latest count, 82 women have publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, rape or molestation. That number is insane! It's like he was going for the Guinness World Record in harassment. By the time you finish reading this article, there may be even more allegations of sexual misconduct. As Time Magazine acknowledged, this has been the year of the Silence Breakers, and the #MeToo movement shows no signs of stopping.
So, how was Weinstein able to lure so many women into his bedroom? Well, as one of the biggest movie producers in Hollywood, he was a formidable man. Many have described him as aggressive - Jennifer Lawrence recently called him a 'brute.' It's hard to say no to someone in such a major position of power - especially when you're a struggling actor, or low-level employee. But now we've learned another one of his sleazy tricks: He used to tell women he slept with Gwyneth Paltrow.
In 1999, Gwyneth Paltrow won the Oscar for her performance in Shakespeare In Love, a romantic comedy produced by Harvey Weinstein's company, Miramax. However, years before that, she had an encounter with the notorious executive that was far from romantic comedy.
According to a report published by The New York Times, when Paltrow was 22, she met up with Weinstein in his Beverly Hills hotel room. However, the professional meeting quickly turned personal: He asked Paltrow to go into the bedroom for "massages." Other accusers describe similar incidents with Weinstein, where he invited them over to a meeting, then asked for "massages or sex." So, if you currently have a meeting with Weinstein, even if you're the cable guy, you should probably cancel it. Just saying.
Paltrow rejected Weinstein's offer, and told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt. Pitt went on to confront Weinstein, which must have been pretty intimidating. (I wouldn't want the star of Fight Club coming after me.) According to Paltrow, Weinstein scolded her for ratting on him. Then, when she complained about incident to her agent, her agent "did not encourage her to report it to the company’s leaders." Today, the movement is #MeToo. Back then, the movement was #NopeNotMeNotAnybodyShutUpDontSayAnythingKThxByeee.
Paltrow, now 45, told The New York Times that she met up with some of Harvey's accusers. These women said Weinstein lied about what happened in his 199 "meeting" with Paltrow in order to manipulate them into "disturbing encounters." (Are there any other kind, with Weinstein?) One actress said she saw a picture of Paltrow in Harvey's room. (Creepy.) Another actress says Weinstein name-dropped Paltrow, then claimed giving into his lewd requests was "the best thing you can do for your career now.” (Worst. Job Advice. Ever.)
Like other major figures, Weinstein has faced a reckoning. He's been kicked out of the Producer's Guild, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and his own production company. He's being investigated by The LAPD for one of the many sexual assault allegations. And now, he can't lie anymore about sleeping with Gwyneth Paltrow. And neither should you. It just doesn't work out.