“Gwyneth Paltrow comes from Hollywood royalty,” a spokesperson for Weinstein told Deadline today after more details of the Shakespeare in Love star’s role in coming forward were unveiled by New York Times reporters and She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement authors Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor.
“Her father was a top producer, her mother a famous actor, her godfather is Steven Spielberg,” Weinstein’s rep offered of Paltrow, who was one of the first Hollywood stars to go public with being harassed or assaulted by Weinstein after the initial NYT exposé broke on October 5, 2017. “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,” the rep concludes in a swipe at Paltrow’s statement about being scared of the producer after he told her in the mid-1990s not to speak to anyone about his deflected attempts to get her join him for a massage and possibly more.
Representatives for Paltrow did not respond to a request from Deadline to comment on the She Said details and Weinstein’s reaction. However, in the past she has been very open about her involvement with the producer and the fallout she felt would hit her.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow told Kantor and Rachel Abrams in an October 10, 2017 published piece about Weinstein’s efforts both to harass and silence her. “I thought he was going to fire me,” the Iron Man regular asserted after then-boyfriend Brad Pitt confronted Weinstein and the producer seemingly strong-armed the future Oscar winner to keep quiet.
Having broke the Weinstein story nearly two years ago and with a resulting 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, relative Hollywood neophytes Kantor and Twohey have She Said coming out tomorrow. Although it now lacks the peg of the kickoff of the criminal trial that could see Weinstein in prison for the rest of his life if found guilty, the authors and the book are still attracting attention on the page and on camera.
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