How Gwyneth Paltrow Was Crucial In Bringing Down Harvey Weinstein


Gwyneth Paltrow was once one of Harvey Weinstein’s brightest stars, having launched her glittering career in his studio-backed movies Emma and Shakespeare in Love. But now it’s been revealed that she was also one of the most influential in helping reporters bring the producer down, by becoming one of the first to disclose allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor – the New York Times investigative journalists who first exposed the claims against Weinstein and won a Pulitzer for their reporting – appeared on The Today Show to discuss their new book She Said, which details their investigation.

“Gwyneth was one of Harvey Weinstein’s biggest stars, and he had really presented himself as a godfather to her over the years,” Twohey explained.

Gwyneth Paltrow at the Emma premiere in 1996

“And so I think many people will be surprised to discover that when so many actresses were afraid to get on the phone and tell the truth about what they had experienced at his hands, Gwyneth was the first on the phone and determined to help this investigation… Even when Harvey turns up at a party at her house early and she was forced to hide in the bathroom.”

On one particularly extraordinary scene in their book – during which the actress is hiding in the bathroom from Weinstein while on the phone to the reporters – Twohey recalled: “Harvey was extremely aware and extremely scared of what the implications would be if his biggest star ended up going on the record…”

Discussing the seismic impact of their investigation which ruptured the industry and led to women’s testimonials being believed, Twohey added: “What we realised was that the first article was just the beginning… We’ve wanted to illuminate the experience of these brave women like Ashley Judd, the backstories of how it was they stood up and went on the record with the gut-wrenching decisions they faced behind the scenes.

“We also wanted to talk about the machinery that was in place to silence these women and block the investigation.”

Weinstein “unequivocally denies any allegations of non-consensual sex”.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK