Gwyneth Paltrow calls Weinstein's arrest 'stunning'

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

It’s been a month since Harvey Weinstein was arrested on rape and sexual abuse charges, and it was so momentous that Gwyneth Paltrow is still processing it.

The New York Times checked back in with 20 people — including Paltrow and Ashley Judd — who went public with their #MeToo stories in the paper, to see how doing so changed their lives.

Gwyneth, who originally detailed how Weinstein made advances to her in a hotel room when she was 22 — leading to a confrontation between Weinstein and her fiancé at the time, Brad Pitt — spoke about the disgraced move maker’s arrest.

Gwyneth Paltrow, on the red carpet in April, says seeing footage of Harvey Weinstein’s arrest was “just stunning to me.” (Photo by Greg Doherty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

“I still feel like I haven’t processed it,” the mum-of-two told the publication. “I’m still completely in shock. I grew up in a world where these kinds of systems remained intact.”

“To see somebody like Harvey Weinstein, who in my professional world was omnipotent and the person who held so much of my career in his hands, in handcuffs … it is just stunning to me.”

Harvey Weinstein, former co-chairman of the Weinstein Co., center, is escorted in handcuffs from the NYPD’s 1st Precinct in New York on May 25.  (Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

While scores of women stepped forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, he was charged with rape, by a woman who has not been identified, and sexual abuse, by former actress Lucia Evans, who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during what she thought would be a casting call.

Many of Weinstein’s accusers — Rose McGowan, Mira Sorvino, and Annabella Sciorra — spoke out about the arrest immediately while Weinstein has denied all allegations against him.

The 45-year-old worked with Weinstein many times in her early career, earning her the nickname “first lady of Miramax,” Weinstein’s then-company.

Gwyneth admitted she was “afraid” of Weinstein as she had committed to working on several movies with him, including the Oscar winning Shakespeare In Love. Source: Getty

But is now a huge advocate for change, referencing her teenage daughter Apple as one of her main motivations.

“For a mother of a 14-year-old girl, it’s overwhelming to know we’re living in a culture where ramifications exist for this kind of thing,” she told the newspaper, adding it was like a “a veil of shame that’s been lifted off this whole thing”.

However, she also admits she feels “naïve” for not realising what this type of situation would be like for a “single woman trying to make ends meet,” which is the reason why #TimesUp was created.

Brad leapt to the defence of his then girlfriend when Weinstein, seen here with the actor in 2009, made a sexual advance on her. Source: Getty

Last month, the Shakespeare In Love star said she would always “love” her ex Brad, 54, for his support during the incident that happened in 1995, revealing he threatened to kill Weinstein.

“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 told The Howard Stern Show. “He’s the best.” 

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