Paltrow hints at Weinstein abuse in 1998 interview

Publish Date
Friday, 13 October 2017, 11:33AM

A 1998 interview in which Gwyneth Paltrow referred to Harvey Weinstein as a 'coercer' has resurfaced online - just days after she revealed how the shamed movie mogul sexually propositioned her when she was 22.

It comes as the movie mogul faces ruin after at least 30 actresses accused him of sexual assault, rape or harassment over decades according to DailyMail.

He has fled to a rehab clinic in Arizona after appearing to suffer a meltdown in front of his photographers at his daughter's house after she phoned 911 to report he was 'suicidal'.

Increasing numbers of Hollywood figures are now claiming they had heard rumors of Weinstein's alleged behavior.

Shakespeare in Love Best Actress winner Gwyneth Paltrow (center) is joined by Harvey Weinstein (center left). Photo / Getty

The interview with Letterman is a further hint that his alleged abuses and predatory nature were widely known in showbiz circles.

Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman the star - then 26-years-old - told the host she should have already been in California with her family for Thanksgiving celebrations, but had been persuaded to appear on TV instead.

When asked if someone had 'coerced' her to be there, she laughed and asked the host. 'Do you count Harvey Weinstein as a coercer?'

She added: 'I do all my movies for Harvey Weinstein, that's Miramax for all of you. And I'm lucky to do them there, but he will coerce you do a thing or two.'

'So Harvey said, "go on and talk about your movie, is that what Harvey said?",' Letterman asked.

Head of The Weinstein Company Harvey Weinstein, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and actress Liv Tyler attend the after-party for Iron Man. Photo / Getty

When Gwyneth replied, 'yeah', Letterman asked: 'And in return what will Harvey do for you?'

The host wanted to know what Gwyneth would get for bowing to Harvey's demands to go out and promote her film instead of joining her family for Thanksgiving and the actress insisted: 'Nothing'.

'Well, what's wrong with that equation?' he replied. 'As the kids say, you do the math. I'm kind of fed up with Harvey's behaviour.' The uncomfortable footage has resurfaced in the wake of the star's allegations that she too had been victim to Weinstein's sexual misconduct.

In light of accusations by at least 30 women including Gwyneth, the shamed mogul has now flown to an exclusive rehab clinic in Arizona, The Meadows, which costs upwards of $40,000 a month and where former patients include Tiger Woods.

Gwyneth Paltrow With Harvey Weinstein, The 50th Anniversary Gala Of The National Film Theatre. Photo / Getty

As he left his daughter's home in LA to board his private jet last night, a clearly agitated Weinstein, who looked disheveled in a black T-shirt and loose jeans, told reporters: 'Guys, I'm not doing OK but I'm trying. I gotta get help. I'm hanging in, I'm trying my best.'

The undignified appearance before reporters ended a torrid day for Weinstein, during which he had a furious row with his daughter, fled her house and tried to flag down a stranger's car after she phoned 911 and reported him as 'suicidal'.