Gwyneth Paltrow stated that when she was 22 years old, a film producer named Harvey Weinstein hired her for the film adaptation of “Emma” that was written by Jane Austin. He requested Paltrow meet him at his hotel suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel. The request was supposedly for a work meeting that the actress said was initially dull and boring. Paltrow was one of the women that Weinstein sexually harassed before he helped them launch their careers.
However, the work meeting at the Beverly Hills suite ended with him making a sexual advance on the then-22-year-old actress. Paltrow has recently said in an interview that she was sexually harassed by the man who ignited her career, as well as helping her win an Oscar later in time.
The actress rejected the producer’s advances and told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt who confronted Weinstein. Afterward, the sexual predator told Paltrow not to tell anyone else about his sexual advances toward her.
Judith Godreche, a French actress, was also sexually harassed by the Hollywood predator. Rosanna Arquette, from the Weinstein produced film “Pulp Fiction” was additionally tormented by the producer.
An investigation conducted by the New York Times revealed his secret past of sexual advancements toward women in Hollywood. The investigation also describes settlements he paid to his victims. His crimes often involved his employees.
The sexual harassment spanned three decades. By the evening of Oct. 8, 2017, the former Hollywood producer’s own company had terminated him.
On Oct. 10, the New York Times reported Weinstein had sexually harassed multiple women, promising to launch their careers. It stated that the advancements date back to the 90s, over 25 years ago.
Lauren O’Connor, who was one of his assistants, issued a memo that said her boss had power over her by a ratio of 10 to one. The memo was written in 2015.
The New York Times stated that two unidentified company officials said the Hollywood power broker had reached eight settlements with his various female victims, as long ago as 1990. O’Connor, an Italian model, and an assistant in London, where three of the harassed women reached a settlement.
The producer contributed to Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The New York Times featured a photograph of the Hollywood powerhouse with Clinton in 2012.
Weinstein donated approximately $300,000 to the Democratic National Convention (DNC). The publicly traded organization sent a fraction of the amount to other Democratic organizations.
The Washington Free Beacon stated that the DNC Vice Chair Keith Ellison did not state if the DNC would return the Hollywood elite’s massive sums of donations. Weinstein also donated large amounts of money to prominent Democratic candidates.
The producer has won six Oscars for best picture of the year. He produced famed films, such as “Good Will Hunting,” and “Pulp Fiction.” The Hollywood also mogul produced the television show “Project Runway.” These awards were won with women Weinstein sexually harassed for decades.
By John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The New York Times: Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them
The New York Times: Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades
Washington Examiner: Where the DNC failed, the DCCC donated all of Harvey Weinstein’s contributions to charity
The Washington Free Beacon: Ellison Refuses to Say Whether DNC Will Return Its Contributions From Harvey Weinstein
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