Brad Pitt opened up about threatening Harvey Weinstein over his treatment of Gwyneth Paltrow
In a new interview with CNN‘s Christiane Amanpour, Brad Pitt opens up about confronting disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who allegedly sexually harassed Pitt’s then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow back in the mid-1990s. Paltrow thanked Pitt in her 2017 New York Times profile about her experiences with Weinstein, who has since pleaded not guilty to all sexual assault charges against him.
At 22 years old, Gwyneth Paltrow was an up-and-coming actress who had just been cast in the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, distributed by Weinstein’s Miramax. But when the actress had a meeting with the producer at his hotel suite, it “ended with Mr. Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages,” NYT reports. Paltrow immediately left and told her then-boyfriend Pitt about the encounter.
Paltrow said that Pitt later saw Weinstein at a Broadway production of Hamlet and reportedly told the producer, “If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.”
“At that moment, I was just a boy from the Ozarks on the playground, and that’s how we confronted with things,” Pitt told Amanpour on September 18th. “I just wanted to make sure nothing was going to happen further, because [Paltrow] was going to do two films.”
Dominique CHARRIAU, Getty ImagesPitt continued, speaking about the #MeToo movement as a whole:
“I think the interesting thing is that we, Hollywood specifically, but the workplace, men and women’s dynamics is being recalibrated, recalibrated in a very good way that is long overdue. And I do think that’s an important story to tell.”
In April 2018, Pitt’s production company, Plan B, and Annapurna Pictures acquired the film rights to Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s New York Times investigative report on Weinstein.
Paltrow is one of more than 60 women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment. He was arrested on rape charges in May 2018.
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