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Brad Pitt Shares Why He Threatened Harvey Weinstein in the 90s

  • Brad Pitt explains why he threatened Harvey Weinstein back in the 90s
  • The Ad Astra star shares that he had made unwanted sexual advances towards his ex-fiancee, Gwyneth Paltrow, and that was his way of retaliation
  • Up to this moment, Weinstein denies any allegations made towards him

Brad Pitt gets candid about his past experience with Harvey Weinstein. 

Back in 2017, actress Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the many women who came forward to accuse of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to have sexually harassed her. She made these allegations to The New York Times, along with how her then-fiancé, actor Brad Pitt, confronted the mogul after the encounter. Now, in a tell-all interview with CNN, the Ad Astra star explains why he needed to stand up to Weinstein. 

Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow same pixie cut
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“At that moment, I was just a boy from the Ozarks on the playground,” Pitt told journalist Christine Amanpour, “and that’s how we confronted with things.”

Paltrow coming forward is to be considered as one of the cases that broke open the scandals surrounding the accused movie producer. She expressed that after being cast in the starring role in his 1996 film Emma, Weinstein asked her to come to his suite at Beverly Hills hotel in the guise of a meeting for the film. The NYT reported that Paltrow said the meeting “ended with Mr. Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages.”

Paltrow went on to say that she refused Weinstein’s alleged advances, immediately left, and told her then-boyfriend Pitt what had happened.

Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltro
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Pitt stepped in, saying that he confronted Weinstein in that manner because that was how he was used to dealing with things at that time. He also added, “I just wanted to make sure nothing was going to happen further because she [Paltrow] was going to do two films.” 

He also hammered on how power dynamics worked within Hollywood saying, “I think the interesting thing is that we, Hollywood specifically, but the workplace, men and women’s dynamics is being recalibrated, recalibrated in a very good way that is long overdue. And I do think that’s an important story to tell.”


Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assault practices were an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but despite being pursued by several publications, never materialized to any legal merit up until 2017 because too few people were willing to speak, and fewer were willing to have their names attached to such a monumental scandal. Plus, Weinstein and his associates used nondisclosure agreements, payoffs, and legal threats to suppress their accounts.

Harvey Weinstein
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In a ground-breaking piece by The New York times, women shared their stories of being sexually harassed by movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Along with Paltrow, stars such as Angelina Jolie, Rosanna Arquette, Katherine Kendall, Judith Godrèche, and Dawn Dunning, and psychology professor Tomi-Ann Roberts (who acted in college) came forward, accusing Weinstein of a decade-long rap sheet.

Soon, an investigation launched. 13 more women came forward with another investigative piece by The New Yorker, including Italian actress and director Asia Argento who alleged that she was coerced into doing sexual favors because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her and end her career.

Since then, an investigation regarding his misconduct since the 1980s till the present is being investigated. The movie producer has fallen from grace, stripped of his awards, accolades, and privileges, and is forever branded as a Hollywood disgrace. Up till 2018, more women come forward to tell their stories about their encounters with Weinstein. In 2019, Weinstein and his former studio’s board members reach a tentative deal worth about $44 million.

A spokesman for Weinstein told The New York Times at that time, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.” – BBC, New Yorker, CNN, Harpersbazaar

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