A 1998 interview with Gwyneth Paltrow by David Letterman has resurfaced after the actress accused Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein of propositioning her at the age of 22.
Paltrow, who released a statement to The New York Times saying that Weinstein put his hands on her and suggested they “head to the bedroom for massages,” can be seen calling Weinstein a “coercer” in the 1998 clip.
A then 26-year-old Paltrow appeared on the Late Night show in November of 1998 to promote her Oscar-winning film “Shakespeare in Love”. “I would have ordinarily gone not on Thanksgiving but I’m here for you,” she joked with Letterman, to which he responded: “Are you here of your own free will? Has someone coerced you into being here?”
“Do you count Harvey Weinstein as a coercer?” Paltrow replied, jokingly.
The conversation took an awkward turn when Paltrow revealed that Weinstein forced her to leave for Thanksgiving vacation a day later in order to promote her film on “The Late Show”.
“I do all my movies for Harvey Weinstein, that’s Miramax for all of you. And I’m lucky to do them there, but he will coerce you to do a thing or two,” Paltrow continued.
“And in return what will Harvey do for you?” Letterman asked, to which she replied: “Nothing.”
After Paltrow relayed the incident to her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, the young star confronted Weinstein at a movie premiere. The public dispute prompted Weinstein to call the actress and berate her for telling people about their hotel room encounter.
Paltrow, who feared she would lose her role in “Emma”, told the New York Times that “he screamed at me for a long time…It was brutal.”
“I was expected to keep the secret,” she added.
Over 30 women, including Kate Beckinsale, Lea Seydoux, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino and Cara Delevingne, have now come forward with their sexual encounters with the Hollywood heavyweight.
According to the Daily Mail, Weinstein boarded a private jet on Thursday night and fled to The Meadows rehab clinic in Arizona. “Guys, I’m not doing OK but I’m trying. I gotta get help. I’m hanging in, I’m trying my best,” he told reporters. His escape from Hollywood comes after his daughter contacted 911, claiming he was “suicidal.”