Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosanna Arquette are among the Hollywood stars who claim to have been personally harassed by disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, according to a New York Times report.
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie told the paper. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Paltrow has claimed the producer touched her inappropriately and tried to invite her to his hotel bedroom for “massages”, after she was cast in the lead role of his 1996 Jane Austen adaptation Emma. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” said Paltrow, who was 22 years old at the time.
After refusing his advances, Paltrow complained about Weinstein’s behaviour to her friend Brad Pitt. When the producer learnt of their conversation, “He screamed at me for a long time,” Paltrow said. “I thought he was going to fire me”. Although Pitt has not spoken in person about the issue, a representative for the actor confirmed Paltrow’s account on his behalf.
These latest accusations follow an extensive report published last week revealing decades of sexual harassment claims levelled at the producer, who has since been fired from The Weinstein Company, the business he co-founded.