Harvey Weinstein: Paltrow and Jolie say they were among victims

09:50 • 11.10.17



Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are the latest actresses to allege they were victims of sexual harassment at the hands of producer Harvey Weinstein.


Both said the incidents happened early in their careers, according to BBC News.


They join a string of actresses accusing Weinstein of harassment. On Tuesday he also denied allegations of rape made in The New Yorker magazine.


Ex-President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle added their voice to growing demonstrations of public outrage.


A statement released by the Obamas says they "have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein". It adds they "celebrate the courage of women who have come forward".


On Sunday the mogul's Hollywood studio, the Weinstein Company, fired him over the allegations. On Tuesday Weinstein's wife, designer Georgina Chapman, told People magazine she was leaving him.


"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," the 41-year-old is quoted as saying. She and Weinstein, 65, have two children together.


Also on Tuesday, Paltrow and Jolie both sent statements to the New York Times, which first reported allegations against him last week.


Jolie said in an email: "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.


"This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."


In a statement, Paltrow alleged that, after Weinstein cast her in the leading role in Emma, he summoned
her to his hotel suite, where he placed his hands on her and suggested massages in his bedroom.


I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," she told the newspaper.


She said she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident, and said he confronted Weinstein.


"I thought he was going to fire me," she said.

 





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