Gwyneth Paltrow was integral in the takedown of Harvey Weinstein.
New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who were behind the bombshell October 2017 story that ignited Weinstein’s downfall, appeared on the “Today” show to discuss their new book, “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement,” and shared some never-before-known tales from their reporting.
Perhaps most notably, Twohey and Kantor revealed that Paltrow, despite being Weinstein’s “biggest star,” was “determined” to help them bring him down.
“Gwyneth Paltrow is one of Harvey’s biggest stars, and he had really presented himself as sort of a godfather to her over the years, so I think that many people will be surprised to discover that, when so many other actresses were reluctant to get on the phone and scared to tell the truth about what they had experienced at his hands, that Gwyneth was actually one of the first people to get on the phone and that she was determined to help this investigation,” Twohey explained to Savannah Guthrie. “Even when Harvey Weinstein showed up to a party at her house early, and she was sort of forced to hide in the bathroom.”
Gwyneth Paltrow with Harvey Weinstein in years past
Bob Weinstein and Gwyneth Paltrow during Miramax Pre-Oscar Party and 25th Anniversary Celebration – Inside at Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for Life & Style Weekly)
NEW YORK – APRIL 28: Head of The Weinstein Company Harvey Weinstein, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and actress Liv Tyler attend the after-party for ‘Iron Man’ hosted by The Cinema Society and Michael Kors at The Odeon on April 28, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with Miramax Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and is followed by actress Gwyneth Paltrow into the premier of her new movie “Shakespeare in Love,” in New York Thursday Dec. 3, 1998. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Film producer Harvey Weinstein and actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrive for the 50th anniversary gala of the NFT at the National Film Theatre on the South Bank in London. (Photo by Yui Mok – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein and Gwyneth Paltrow (holding a bfi Fellowship Award for outstanding contribution to cinema given to Harvey and Bob Weinstein) during the 50th anniversary gala of the NFT at the National Film Theatre on the South Bank in London. (Photo by Yui Mok – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 21 : ‘Shakespeare in Love’ Best Actress winner Gwyneth Paltrow (center) is joined by Harvey Weinstein (center lett) David Parfitt (left), Donna Gigliotti,Edward Zwick and Marc Norman (right) backstage as they celebrated their win of Best Picture at the 1999 Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, March 21, 1999.(Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein (3rd left), Edward Zwick, and Gwyneth Paltrow (3rd right) (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
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“Harvey Weinstein was extremely aware and extremely scared of what the implications would be if his biggest star actually ended up going on the record,” Twohey added.
During the lengthy morning show interview, Kantor also shed light on how exactly they got some of Hollywood’s biggest names, like Paltrow and actress Ashley Judd, to speak to them on the record about their alleged harassment at the hands of one of the industry’s most powerful producers.
“Even trying to figure out how to reach these famous actresses was kind of an investigation unto itself,” she explained. “We couldn’t call their publicists, we couldn’t call their agents and, so, even if we managed to get Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow on the phone — which we did — we had to figure out how to say in that first minute, ‘Here’s an argument for trusting us. Here’s an argument for telling us a really private story.’ And the line that we hit on, and this really became kind of the basis of our partnership, was that […], we said to victims, ‘We can’t change what happened to you in the past, but if we work together, we may be able to take this in some sort of constructive direction.'”
Watch Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s full “Today” show interview at the top of the page, and order their new book, “She Said,” here.
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