She Said Weinstein book, Previously Unknown Sources Come Forward in a New Book.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was one of Harvey Weinstein’s biggest success stories. So when the Hollywood producer got word that Paltrow was willing to assist The New York Times with a story into financial settlements dating back decades alleging sexual misconduct by the film mogul, he was determined to silence her, according to Times reporters.
“I think 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,” Megan Twohey, one of the two New York Times reporters who broke the October 2017 story detailing multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment by Weinstein, told NBC’s “Today” Show on Monday.
The revelation that Paltrow was one of the first actresses to speak to The Times, despite her fears about coming forward, is among details made public for the first time in “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement,” a book by Twohey and fellow reporter, Jodi Kantor.
Weinstein is accused by more than 80 women of inappropriate sexual behavior. He has denied any nonconsensual contact and has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges in New York, where he is set to go on trial in January. Prior to the New York Times article, Weinstein had reached settlements with at least eight women, including actress Rose McGowan.
Twohey and Kantor’s article set off a global reckoning over sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo.
Their book, which will be published Tuesday, shines a light on key figures in the Weinstein investigation — including those who helped with their reporting, which later was awarded the Pulitzer Prize along with Ronan Farrow for his Weinstein coverage in the New Yorker.
The book also highlights those who helped Weinstein keep the accusations against him secret.
Weinstein slammed the book in a statement through his defense attorney, saying, “‘She Says’ is all you need to know to appreciate that this book contains one sided allegations without having adequately investigated the facts of each situation. There is very different side to every story.”
Paltrow, who shot to stardom when she was 22 years old after Weinstein hired her as the lead character in “Emma,” has claimed that before she started shooting the Jane Austen adaptation, Weinstein invited her to a work meeting at a hotel suite and sexually harassed her — something he told her not to share with anyone.
As Kantor and Twohey struggled to get actresses to speak on the record about accusations against Weinstein, Paltrow came forward with her story — even as Weinstein tried to intimidate her into silence, they said.
“Gwyneth was actually one of the first people to get on the phone, and she was determined to help this investigation, even when Harvey Weinstein showed up at a party at her house early, and she was sort of forced to hide in her bathroom,” Twohey said.
From her bathroom, Paltrow placed a “panicked call” to Kantor, Kantor told “CBS This Morning” on Monday.
“She knew he was coming to the party, but he showed up early, and that was really scary,” Kantor said.