Footage of Gwyneth Paltrow naming disgraced Harvey Weinstein as a “coercer” on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1998 has reemerged days after the actress came out with her own accusations of sexual harassment against the film producer.
Paltrow told The New York Times recently that Weinstein once tried to initiate a sexual encounter with her when she was just 22 years old. The incident took place right after Paltrow was cast in the Jane Austen adaptation of “Emma,” for which Weinstein was a producer.
The now-45-year-old actress told the publication that she was invited to Weinstein’s suite for a work meeting at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. The producer allegedly put his hands on Paltrow after the meeting and suggested the two move to the bedroom for a massage. She said she refused his advances, but she was terrified.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified.”
After the incident, the 22-year-old went straight to her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, who later confronted Weinstein about the allegations. Paltrow said she was terrified of losing her job, because Weinstein told her not to repeat what happened that night.
“I thought he was going to fire me.”
Paltrow would go on to work with Weinstein in the future, and he even helped her to win an Academy Award for her work in Shakespeare in Love.
Four years after the incident in the suite, Paltrow, a then-26 years old, appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and may have hinted to Weinstein’s abuses during the interview.
When asked about her holiday plans, Paltrow told Letterman that she wouldn’t normally wait until Thanksgiving day to see her family, but would usually be there long before. The late night host asked if she was being “coerced” by anyone into staying so long; she replied by asking if “Harvey Weinstein counts as a coercer?” before saying that she was lucky to be with Miramax, but the producer would often persuade her “to do things.”
“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 things.”
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