Gwyneth Paltrow is one of dozens of actresses who spoke with the New York Times for the damning story exposing Harvey Weinstein’s long history of sexual harassment and abuse, which broke back in October. In a new interview with Howard Stern, Paltrow shared new details about the confrontation between her ex, actor Brad Pitt, and the disgraced producer that followed her “weird” meeting with Weinstein in his hotel room.
Paltrow claims Weinstein propositioned her for a massage in his hotel room after she signed a contract to star in the Miramax films Emma and Shakespeare in Love. The incident weirded out the young actress enough that she decided to tell her famous boyfriend about it. Pitt became furious, so much so that he later threatened the producer’s life.
Here’s an excerpt of the incident from the original Times article:
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said in an interview, publicly disclosing that she was sexually harassed by the man who ignited her career and later helped her win an Academy Award.
She refused his advances, she said, and confided in Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time. Mr. Pitt confronted Mr. Weinstein, and soon after, the producer warned her not to tell anyone else about his come-on. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she said.
The confrontation mentioned above took place when the couple attended the 1995 opening night of Hamlet on Broadway. When Pitt saw Weinstein at the event, Paltrow said his reaction was “like the equivalent of throwing him against the wall.”
“He said ‘If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you,’ or something like that,” Paltrow told Stern.
When Stern asked Paltrow if she approved of Pitt’s actions, she responded enthusiastically. “It was so fantastic,” she said. “Because what he did was he leveraged his fame and power to protect me at a time when I didn’t have fame or power yet.”
Listen to the full interview below.