Weinstein hits back as Paltrow: His spokesman says the star is ‘Hollywood royalty’ and ‘didn’t need to make movies with him – she wanted to’
- Gwyneth Paltrow was instrumental in bringing down mogul Harvey Weinstein
- She alleges Miramax boss suggested they massage each other at a hotel in 1996
- The actress encouraged other Hollywood stars to speak out, a new book claims
- Now a spokesman for Weinstein has said Paltrow ‘wanted to’ make films with him
Harvey Weinstein’s representatives have have claimed Gwyneth Paltrow ‘wanted to’ make movies with the disgraced producer.
Paltrow was instrumental in bringing Weinstein down and recruited other Hollywood stars to speak out against him, a new book has revealed.
The 46-year-old actress claimed Weinstein put his hands on her and suggested they give each other massages in his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel after casting her in the lead role in Emma in 1996.
Now a spokesman for Weinstein has hit back at Paltrow’s role in shedding light on the sexual harassment allegations the producer was due to face trial over, until the hearing was postponed.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Harvey Weinstein at the Miramax post Oscar party in 1999. Paltrow is one of a number of stars to accuse the producer of sexual harassment
Gwyneth Paltrow with Harvey Weinstein at The National Film Theatre (left), London and Paltrow at the Valentino show in Paris in July (right)
Coming forward was described as ‘hair-raising’ for Paltrow because Weinstein had made her a star and she feared the story would be ‘sleazy’ and end her career, it was claimed.
A representative of Weinstein said fears the star of Shakespeare in Love, Sliding Doors and Seven, would have her career damaged by making allegation against Weinstein were ‘gratuitous’.
He told Deadline: ‘Gwyneth Paltrow comes from Hollywood royalty. Her father was a top producer, her mother is a famous actor, her godfather is Steven Spielberg.
‘She didn’t need to make movies with Harvey Weinstein, She wanted to, and she won top awards and was the top paid female actor for nearly a decade, with Weinstein.
‘Her narrative of her job being at stake is just gratuitous.’
At one point Weinstein turned up early to a party at Paltrow’s house so she hid in the bathroom, calling the reporters asking what to do, the actress said.
Harvey Weinstein coming out of Manhattan court in New York last month for a pre-trial hearing
The details of Paltrow’s allegations are revealed in She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, by journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, which details Weinstein’s downfall since October 2017 after articles in the New York Time and the New Yorker magazine exposed him.
Paltrow’s decision was especially hard because Weinstein had cast her as a relatively unknown 22-year-old in the lead role in the adaptation of Jane Austin’s Emma, which made her a star.
He also cast her as the lead in Shakespeare in Love, cementing her as an A-list star when she won the Oscar for Best Actress.
Rose McGowan (left) and Ashley Judd (right) are among the over 80 women who have made allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein
Paltrow told the New York Times in 2017: ‘I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified.’
More than 80 women have since come forward to accuse the 67-year-old, who is now due to go on trial in January, of sexual assaults and ‘predatory’ sexual behavior.
But in the beginning it was extremely difficult to persuade anyone to open up said Kantor and Twohey said.
Dozens of actresses including Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan,Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek have accused him of inappropriate behavior or sexual assault.
Weinstein, who is free on $1 million bail, stands accused of two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act, and two counts of rape.
He denies all accusations of non-consensual sex and is due to stand trial in January next year.