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Knowing what we know now about Harvey Weinstein and looking back at this interview between a young Gwyneth Paltrow and David Letterman, it feels uncomfortable and somewhat prophetic.
Paltrow recently revealed her experience with the film titan to The New York Times. She said shortly after she was hired to star in the film Emma in 1992, Weinstein – whose company, Miramax, was producing the movie – invited her to his hotel suite for a “work meeting”. But once she got there, he reportedly put his hands on her and, like many of the other women’s accounts, asked Paltrow to follow him to the bedroom for massages. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” the actress recounts. When she declined his advances, she said she thought he was going to fire her.
Paltrow told her then boyfriend Brad Pitt who fronted Weinstein and for years, Paltrow was then subjected to his screaming and berating of her. But take a look at this footage from 1998 – just two years after the said incident. Expected to keep the secret, Paltrow is questioned over who made her do the late night interview on the American holiday that is Thanksgiving. “Are you in the studio out of your own free will?” Letterman asks. “Do you count Harvey Weinstein as a coercer?” Paltrow replies with a laugh. “He will coerce you into doing a thing or two”. It’s the laughing between exchanges that hide what Paltrow, aged just 26-years-old here, really means when she says the word coerced.
Unlike others, the actress was able to continue to work with Weinstein professionally and went on to win the Best Actress Oscar in 1999 for Shakespeare In Love, produced by Miramax.
Watch the footage below.