Gwyneth Paltrow was “determined” to bring down Harvey Weinstein and played a pivotal role in doing so behind the scenes, according to the two journalists who broke the bombshell story.
The actress, who starred in the Weinstein-produced “Shakespeare in Love,” was one of the first in Hollywood to get in touch with New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor.
“I think that many people will be surprised to discover that when so many other actresses were reluctant to get on the phone and scared to tell the truth about what they had experienced at his hands, that Gwyneth was actually one of the first people to get on the phone and that she was determined to help this investigation,” Twohey said on the “Today” show on Monday.
Twohey recalled a time when Weinstein showed up early to a party at Paltrow’s house in the Hamptons, prompting her to “hide in the bathroom” and call Kantor in fear.
“I think Harvey Weinstein was extremely aware and extremely scared of what the implications would be if his biggest star actually ended up going on the record,” Twohey said.
The episode plays out in Kantor and Twohey’s new book, “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement.”
Paltrow has accused Weinstein of sexually harassing her in a hotel room, where he suggested a massage, when she was just 22 years old.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she told the Times in the 2017 piece that brought down the once-powerful Hollywood kingpin.
Paltrow, who also starred in Weinstein’s production of “Emma,” won the Oscar for best actress in 1999 for her role in “Shakespeare in Love.”
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