Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie Come Forward with Allegations against Harvey Weinstein

The two actresses are talking about the sexual harassment they faced at the beginning of their careers

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and several more women in Hollywood have come forward in a new report in the New York Times, saying that producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them at the beginning of their careers.

The latest allegations come on the heels of initial allegations published in the New York Times last week, chronicling decades of harassment by Harvey Weinstein, and a piece in the New Yorker published on Tuesday that included allegations of sexual assault.

Jolie wrote in an email to the Times that she'd "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."

Paltrow submitted to an interview, recounting her own experience with Weinstein in detail. Paltrow said that just after she was cast in Emma, the Jane Austen adaptation that would make her famous, Weinstein, who was producing the movie, invited her to a meeting in his hotel room. By the end of their exchange, Paltrow said, he suggested she join him in the bedroom for a massage. Paltrow was 22.

"I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," she told the Times. Paltrow refused and immediately told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, about the incident. Pitt allegedly confronted Weinstein at a premiere, telling him not to touch Paltrow again. (A spokesperson for Pitt confirmed Paltrow's account of the events to the Times.)

Weinstein was furious, according to Paltrow. "I was expected to keep the secret," she said. She went on to win an Oscar for her role in the Weinstein-produced movie Shakespeare in Love. Though she maintained a professional relationship with him, Paltrow told the Times that she was coming forward to "send a clear message that this is over. This way of treating women ends now."

In addition to Jolie and Paltrow, Tomi-Ann Roberts, Rosanna Arquette, Katherine Kendall, Judith Godrèche, and Dawn Dunning recounted incidents of alleged abuse in the new report.

After their experiences, both Kendall and Dunning told the Times they became less interested in acting. "If this is what it takes, I can't do it," Kendall said.

This story first appeared on ELLE.com.

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