Gwyneth Paltrow is opening up about the night Brad Pitt physically confronted Harvey Weinstein after he “made a pass” at the actress.
During a conversation with Howard Stern on Wednesday, Paltrow described the time her then-boyfriend Pitt confronted the producer in 1995 after she told him about an encounter she had with Weinstein in a hotel room.
“I love him for this,” Stern says as she begins her story on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show”. “I love him for this too,” Paltrow replies, adding that she never felt a predatory “vibe” from Weinstein before the incident, having considered him to be like a “father figure” to her.
Recalling the encounter, which took place at a hotel when she was alone in a room with Weinstein, the actress says was “blindsided” by the producer’s suggestion they give each other massages. She immediately told Pitt about the encounter.
“I was very shaken by the whole thing,” she says. “We were at the opening of ‘Hamlet’ on Broadway that Ralph Fiennes was in and Brad Pitt was there. It was like the equivalent of throwing him against the wall. Energetically.”
“It was so fantastic because what he did was he leveraged his fame and power to protect me at a time when I didn’t have fame or power yet,” she says.
“He came back and told me exactly what he said. He said, ‘If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you,’ or something like that,” recalls Paltrow.
“That’s awesome,” Stern adds.
During her lengthy conversation with Stern, Paltrow admitted she doesn’t want any more children ahead of her marriage to producer Brad Falchuk. Falchuk has two children from a previous marriage, as does Paltrow.
“Neither of us wants more kids. We’re on the same team,” she says, adding the “American Horror Story” producer is “fantastic” with her two kids, Apple, 14, and Moses, 12, but admits it’s not always an easy family adjustment.
“It’s always tricky with kids and trying to gently blend families,” she admits. “It’s hard.”