Nearly two decades before she accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, Gwyneth Paltrow referred to the disgraced filmmaker as someone who will “coerce you to do a thing or two.”
Paltrow, 45, made those comments during a 1998 conversation with David Letterman on “The Late Show,” during which she suggested the reason she was appearing on the talk show was because Weinstein wanted her to promote their movie “Shakespeare in Love.”
“Are you here of your own free will? Has someone coerced you into being here?” Letterman jokingly asked the actress.
Paltrow then replied with a laugh, “Do you count Harvey Weinstein as a coercer?”
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Letterman went on to joke around a bit about Weinstein, leading to Paltrow to speak about working with him and his production company, Miramax.
“I do all my movies for Harvey Weinstein, that’s Miramax for all of you, and I’m lucky to do them there, but he will coerce you to do a thing or two,” she said.
She then confirmed to Letterman that she went on his show because Weinstein asked her to talk about the movie.
Earlier this week, Paltrow became one of numerous women to come forward with allegations that Weinstein, 65, made an unwanted sexual advance at some point in the past.
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Paltrow said she was 22 at the time when Weinstein invited her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel, put his hands on her and suggested they head into the bedroom for massages.
“I was a kid … I was petrified,” she told The New York Times.
She said she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt at the time, and the actor confronted Weinstein about the incident. Weinstein then warned her to stay quiet about what had happened.
“I thought you were my Uncle Harvey,” she recalled thinking after the encounter, she told the newspaper.
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Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan are among the other stars to speak out against Weinstein after he allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward them early in their careers. Three other women have accused Weinstein of rape, according to an explosive exposé published this week by The New Yorker.
French actress Florence Darel joined the list of accusers Thursday when she told People that Weinstein propositioned her when his wife was in the room next door to them.
Weinstein was fired by the board of directors for his production company, The Weinstein Company, earlier this week amid the scandal.
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