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Angelina Jolie: Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassed Me

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Angelina Jolie Harvey Weinstein

By Shari Weiss |

Angelina Jolie Harvey Weinstein

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Angelina Jolie revealed on Tuesday that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her. She is among several new celebrity victims to come forward, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino.

Jolie tells the New York Times that Weinstein made unwanted sexual advances towards her when they were in a hotel room. The encounter, in which she rejected his come-ons, took place around 1998, when she starred in the Miramax film, Playing By Heart. “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,” she said to the paper via email, adding, “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

Paltrow, speaking with the outlet in an interview, recalled being invited to a suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what she thought was a pre-production meeting for Emma. During her time there, she says Weinstein inappropriately touched her and suggested they get massages in the suite’s bedroom. “I was a kid. I was signed up. I was petrified,” she says. The actress was dating Brad Pitt at the time, and the actor reportedly confronted Weinstein about his behavior, leading him in turn to confront the actress. She tells the paper, “I thought he was going to fire him.” Instead, he threatened her into silence, she says. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.”

Paltrow, however, continued working with Weinstein, and won an Oscar for Shakespeare In Love, which he produced. “He was alternately generous and supportive and championing, and punitive and bullying,” the star says of their interactions over the years. As for not coming forward sooner she maintains, “I was expected to keep the secret.” Now, though, “We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over. This way of treating women ends now.”

The New York Times article was published shortly after the New Yorker released a story in which three women accuse Weinstein of rape. In addition, Arquette and Sorvino describe rejecting his advances, and claim their careers suffered as a result. In response to the new allegations, a rep for the disgraced movie mogul says, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”

 


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