Ever since the New York Times published its Harvey Weinstein expose, many women have come forward, detailing their disturbing encounters with the disgraced Hollywood titan. Today, in a followup piece published by the Times, two more very recognizable women came forward with their accounts of sexual harassment: Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Paltrow tells of an incident shortly after landing a coveted role in the Weinstein-produced Emma. It sounds disturbingly similar to so many other accounts we’ve heard thus far: Paltrow shows up at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, thinking she and Weinstein are going to have a straightforward business meeting. Weinstein then suggests that they go up to his hotel room for massages. Paltrow, who refused his advances, told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident. After Pitt confronted Weinstein, Weinstein warned Paltrow not to tell anyone else. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she told the Times.
Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie recounts an incident via 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,” she wrote. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Weinstein continues to deny allegations of sexual misconduct, but as more and more women (many of them famous) come forward, this denial sounds more and more ridiculous, especially given that his first statement (sort of) owned up to his inappropriate behavior.
At any rate, we stand with all of the women who have come forward, and all those who have been victim to sexual harassment and abuse from a man in a position of power. As heartbreaking as these Weinstein stories are (especially given they are just a handful of symptoms of a much deeper, systemic problem), it does feel as though the tides are very slowly beginning to change. For that, we are hopeful.