Gwyneth Paltrow accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing her in a hotel room when she was 22
The actress and Goop CEO was one of the first women to speak on the record in late 2017 about Weinstein, who she accused of sexually harassing her in a hotel room when she was 22. Appearing on the Today show Thursday morning to promote her Netflix show The Politician, Paltrow, now 46, said she was scared to come forward but ultimately thought of now 15-year-old Apple and felt the need to speak up.
“I was really scared. I think society had shown us only basically examples where women coming forward ended up not being advantageous for the woman but I really felt like it was time,” Paltrow said.
“I think also having a teenage daughter that’s the love of my life, and worrying about her going into the workplace and feeling like if there was ever a chance that there could be a cultural shift on this stuff, I wanted to participate in,” she continued. “I never could have imagined that collectively a shift this seismic would happen, but I feel proud that I have a small part in it.”
Paltrow shares Apple and her 13-year-old brother Moses with ex-husband Chris Martin.
Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, the reporters who first broke the story, appeared on the show earlier this month to talk about their new book, She Said, recounting their investigation that played a role in his downfall and ushered in the rise of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. The women helped publish the accusations of assault, with Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie among the first actresses to publicly come forward with varying allegations.
“I think that many people will be surprised to discover that when so many other actresses were reluctant to get on the phone and scared to tell the truth about what they had experienced at his hands, that Gwyneth was actually one of the first people to get on the phone and that she was determined to help this investigation, even when Harvey Weinstein showed up to a party at her house early and she was sort of forced to hide in the bathroom,” Twohey previously said on the Today show.
“I think Harvey Weinstein was extremely aware and extremely scared of what the implications would be if his biggest star actually ended up going on the record,” she added.
In the original New York Times report from October 2017, Paltrow said Weinstein sexually harassed her in a hotel room after the movie mogul hired her for the lead role in Emma when she was 22. The encounter allegedly ended with Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting a massage.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she told the NYT.
In March, multiple reports revealed that Weinstein had reached a tentative $44 million agreement that would see him compensate women who have sued him for alleged sexual misconduct and board members of his former movie company, while settling a pending civil-rights lawsuit by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
He has plead not guilty to all charges.