When Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed Gwyneth Paltrow when she was working on the film Emma, Brad Pitt’s then-girlfriend, the star reportedly threatened Weinstein. According to a source, Pitt “got right in his face, poked him in the chest and said, ‘You will not ever do this to Gwyneth ever again.’”
As reported by MSN, dozens of women have come forward, accusing Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Paltrow claims that Weinstein made unwanted advances towards her when she was 22 while she was working with the movie mogul who hired her for the lead role in the film Emma. Paltrow states that Weinstein approached her in her hotel room and placed his hands on her while suggesting a massage.
Paltrow was dating Pitt at the time of the incident. After learning the details of the encounter, Pitt confronted Weinstein at a party around 1995.
A source said, “Brad threatened Harvey,” adding that Pitt “made it clear there would be consequences” and saying Harvey would get a “Missouri whooping” if such an incident happened again.
“[Pitt] made it absolutely clear this was not going to happen again, and it didn’t,” said the source, asserting that Harvey “got the message.”
Pitt wasn’t yet the big star that he is today and the source said that confronting Weinstein was a “big risk. The source continued, “[Pitt] was a young guy in Hollywood taking a chance.”
The source also stated, “He’s one of the only men in Hollywood who stood up and said something. That’s a fact.”
Paltrow said that, after the confrontation with Pitt, Weinstein called her to threaten her, telling her not to speak with anyone about the encounter. “I thought he was going to fire me,” said Paltrow. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.”
Paltrow did work with Weinstein again when she took her Best Actress Oscar-winning role in Shakespeare in Love. Pitt also worked with Weinstein during the filming of Inglourious Basterds, though the source says, “[Pitt] did Inglourious Basterds because of his relationship with Quentin Tarantino, and had nothing to do with Harvey.”
Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” the “allegations of non-consensual sex” that have surfaced. A spokesperson for Weinstein also stated, “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”
On Sunday, Weinstein was fired from his position with his film studio after information about the allegations went public.