Brad Pitt admitted to CNN journalist about him going head-on with Harvey Weinstein in 1995 after learning he had sexually harassed Pitt’s then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. This incident occurred in 1994 after the-then 22-year old was hired to play the lead role in Jane Austen adaptation, Emma.
While interviewing with Christiane Amanpour, Pitt also spoke on him being protective regarding Paltrow, when they were together. The actor revealed the truth about that disgraced producer, Harvey Weinstein, who inappropriately placed his hands on her during a “work meeting” in a Los Angeles hotel.
While his promotions on the space drama, Ad Astra, this week, he mentioned his behavior at that point of time was purely based on the instincts, due to the way he was raised. He believes in an appropriately calibrated workplace dynamics between men and women. Hence, he couldn’t help but stood by her and went ahead to have a face-off with the indie film producer.
“At that moment, I was just a boy from the Ozarks on the playground and that’s how we confronted things. I just wanted to make sure nothing was going to happen further because Paltrow was going to do two [more] films [with Weinstein]. 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.”
Paltrow revealed on The Howard Stern Show in May 2018 that Pitt approached Weinstein at the 1995 Broadway opening of “Hamlet” and told him,
“If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.”
In October 2017, Paltrow first came up with the story between Pitt-Weinstein to The New York Times. Weinstein invited the actress to his hotel room and took advantage of her at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel stating it as a “work meeting.” According to Paltrow, Weinstein made sexual advanced towards her by placing his hands on her and said they should go to the bedroom for a massage. When Paltrow informed Pitt about this incident it led Pitt to threaten Weinstein at the “Hamlet” premiere.
Paltrow told Howard Stern about Pitt’s confrontation where Pitt used his fame and power to protect Paltrow when she was literally no one in the industry. Paltrow still respects and admires his actions and how he picked her up when required.
“It was 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. He’s the best.”