They were then 23 and 22 years old.
Actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow told The New York Times that they were sexually harassed by producer Harvey Weinstein. They became the first big celebrities who openly announced this.
At 22, Paltrow received from Weinstein a major role in the adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel “Emma”, which was supposed to “turn her from an actress to a star.” Later, she received for him a prize for the best female role. Before filming, the producer invited her to her room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel, supposedly for a working meeting. According to Paltrow, it all ended with Vainshtein’s offer to go to the bedroom “for massage”.
I was a child. I have found a job. I was stunned. […] Now we live in a time when women should clearly say that this should not happen. This attitude towards women should end right now.
According to Paltrow, she described the incident with Weinstein to his then young man, Brad Pitt. There was a conflict between Pitt and Weinstein, after which the producer forbade Paltrow to tell anyone about it. She was silent because of the fear of losing her job.
Angelina Jolie said that she faced a similar situation on the filming of the movie “The vicissitudes of love” in 1998. Then she was almost 23 years old. According to the actress, then Weinstein met with her alone in her hotel room and made her “inappropriate proposals”, which she did not accept.
I had unpleasant moments with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, I decided to never work with him and warned others not to do it. This attitude to women in any sphere and any country is unacceptable.
Jolie and Paltrow are not the only ones who openly told us about the harassment of Weinstein in an interview with The New York Times. Also about harassment reported actresses Rosanna Arquette, Judith Gordes, Tomi-Anne Roberts, Katherine Kendall and Doon Dunning.
Italian actress Asia Argento told The New Yorker that in 1997, at a hotel in France, Weinstein, against her will, engaged in oral sex with her. After that, they became friends and within five years they had several sexual contacts. The events she reflected in the movie “Purple Diva”, to which Weinstein responded “very funny” and said “I’m sorry, whatever it was.”
Actress Lucia Evans told the publication that she met with Weinstein in 2004. She wanted to be an actress and gave the producer her number, although she heard about his harassment. Once he appointed her a meeting in the office of the Miramax film company. At the meeting, Weinstein told her that she would be suitable for the “Project Podium” if she lost weight. After that, he also forced her to engage in oral sex, and she could not stop him. Evans said that it affected her future life: she started eating problems, she stopped a few “good relationships” and she often had nightmares.
October 5 edition of The New York Times issued an investigation in which former employees Weinstein Company and Hollywood actresses told about harassment, which in total lasted more than 30 years.
On October 10, AP reported that Weinstein Company plans to change the name due to the scandal surrounding Weinstein. His name will be removed from the credits of several projects that are now broadcast on television, including the series “Waco” and “Yellowstone”. Harvey Weinstein was sacked on October 9 because of a violation of the company’s internal code of conduct.
Weinstein was considered one of the most famous and influential producers in Hollywood. He produced more than 40 paintings, including “Pulp Fiction”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “Clever Will Hunting”, “Lovers of Shakespeare”, “The Ghoulish Eight”, “Inglourious Basterds” and many other films.