How Brad Pitt leveraged his fame and power to protect Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed more details about when Brad Pitt, her then-boyfriend, threatened disgraced Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein in the Nineties. 

Gwyneth Paltrow first came forward 8 months ago accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing her in the Nineties in a hotel room.

Now, the award-winning actress has shared more details of the incident – including how her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt dealt with it.

Speaking on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show this week, Paltrow recalled the moment when it occurred.

“We had one incident in a hotel room where he tried to make a pass at me,” Paltrow said, saying that he requested she give him a massage.

“It was weird,” she continued. “I was alone in a room with him. It was out of the blue. I was blind-sided. I was shocked.”

Gwyneth Paltrow at the premiere of Emma

Paltrow, who at the time was in her early twenties, was picked by Weinstein to play the lead role in the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, told Pitt about what happened in the hotel room.

“I told him [Pitt] right away and I was very shaken by the whole thing,” said Paltrow. “We were at the opening of Hamlet on Broadway. Harvey was there and Brad Pitt – it was like the equivalent of throwing him against the wall, energetically.”

Paltrow continued: “He said, ‘If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.’ Or something like that. It was so fantastic. He leveraged his fame and power to protect me at a time when I didn’t have fame or power yet. He’s the best.”

Although Pitt could have done more by publicly discussing what happened, perhaps? 

More than 60 women have now come forward with sexual misconduct, rape and harassment allegations against Weinstein.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. 

You can read more on the allegations made against Harvey Weinstein here.

Images: Getty / Rex Features