Joining a host of other actresses, Gwyneth Paltrow has labelled charges of sexual harassment against film producer Harvey Weinstein. The Hollywood actress said that Weinstein made sexual advances at her in his hotel room before the shooting began for 1996 film Emma. Before Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rosanna Arquette, Tomi-Ann Roberts, Judith Godrèche, Katherine Kendall and Dawn Dunning have lambasted the producer for attempting casting couch on the actresses.

During an interview, Paltrow said that after she was given the role to play the lead in Emma the producer called her to Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. Upon her arrival, Weinstein asked the actress to give him a massage session in his bedroom. Paltrow further said that his proposal left her shocked as she was only 22-year-old back then and was already part of the project. Although she later revealed that she refused the proposal of Weinstein.

Earlier, Angelina Jolie was critical of the producer and shared her harrowing experience with him. She claimed that she had “bad experience” with the producer during early days of her career but after that, she promised herself not to work ever again with the co-founder of Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company.

Recalling her account, French actress Judith Godreche claimed that during Cannes Film Festival in 1996 she was invited to the hotel suite of Harvey Weinstein. Judith had no clue who he was but she was told that he is a top producer in Hollywood, so she went to the suite. After having a little conversation, Weinstein proposed the French actress to give him a massage but she refused to do it. In Judith’s words, the producer explained his advance towards her saying casual massage is an American custom.

Several women have given on-record interviews against Harvey Weinstein and his intimidating ways in the past. Many of them said that Weinstein forced them to perform fellatio and even coitus but in a public statement, the producer’s spokesperson rebuffed the allegations.

First Published | 10 October 2017 11:57 PM
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