Gwyneth Paltrow has claimed that part of Harvey Weinstein‘s seduction tactic was to tell women he’d had sex with her, in order to lure them in. Gwyneth is one of the most high profile actresses to have shamed the producer when she revealed that she had been sexually harassed by the mogul. Weinstein has since been hit by claims of sexual abuse by over fifty women. Weinstein has denied any claims of non-consensual sex. Paltrow, 45, claims Weinstein convinced aspiring starlets to sleep with him after boasting of his supposed sexual exploits with Paltrow, which the actress claims are untrue.
‘He’s not the first person to lie about sleeping with someone, but he used the lie as an assault weapon,’ Paltrow has told the New York Times newspaper. Paltrow has been spending time with some of the actresses who claim Weinstein used her name during phone calls, to lure them in. The producer allegedly told one woman in 2000 that complying with him would be the ‘best thing you can do for your career,’ while mentioning Gwyneth as a past sexual partner.
Another aspiring actress told the publication that she remembers a photo of Gwyneth displayed in a room where the producer harassed her in 2004. Gwyneth, who has two children, Apple, 13, and Moses, 11, with ex-husband Chris Martin, turned down sexual advances made by the mogul in the Nineties. The producer allegedly placed his hands on the actress’ shoulders and invited her for a private massage.
Gwyneth says the producer asked her not to tell anyone what had happened amid fears ‘he was going to fire me’ following the event. Weinstein’s lawyers, Berk and Brafman, have said: ‘Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behaviour or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct. ‘There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred. ‘Nonetheless, to those offended by Mr. Weinstein’s behaviour, he remains deeply apologetic’.