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Gwyneth Paltrow played a major role in bringing Harvey Weinstein down and recruited other Hollywood stars to speak out against him. But it was & # 39; hair-raising & # 39; for her because she feared the story & # 39; sleazy & # 39; and her career would end. Pictured: Weinstein and Paltrow in 2002
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Gwyneth Paltrow played a major role in bringing Harvey Weinstein down and recruited other Hollywood stars to speak out against him.

The actress worked behind the scenes with reporters investigating his history of sexually inappropriate behavior, a new book claims.

Paltrow played a much more active role than anyone has ever known, said Jodi Kantor, New York Times journalist.

But it was & # 39; hair-raising & # 39; for her because Weinstein had made her a star and she feared the story & # 39; sleazy & # 39; and her career would end.

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At one point, Weinstein came early to a party at Paltrow's house, so she hid in the bathroom and called the reporters asking what they should do.

The details are revealed in She said: Breaking the story about sexual harassment that helped trigger a movement, by Kantor and Megan Twohey, describing Weinstein's downfall since October 2017 after articles in the New York Time and the New Yorker magazine uncovered him.

Gwyneth Paltrow played a major role in bringing Harvey Weinstein down and recruited other Hollywood stars to speak out against him. But it was & # 39; hair-raising & # 39; for her because she feared the story & # 39; sleazy & # 39; and her career would end. Pictured: Weinstein and Paltrow in 2002

Gwyneth Paltrow played a major role in bringing Harvey Weinstein down and recruited other Hollywood stars to speak out against him. But it was & # 39; hair-raising & # 39; for her because she feared the story & # 39; sleazy & # 39; and her career would end. Pictured: Weinstein and Paltrow in 2002

More than 80 women have since reported to accuse the 67-year-old, who is on trial in January, of sexual assaults and & # 39; predatory & # 39; sexual behavior.

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But in the beginning it was extremely difficult to persuade someone to open up, says Kantor and Meghan Twohey, another New York Times journalist who co-wrote the book.

Paltrow became a & # 39; crucial & # 39; early source, although she refused to record the album until later.

Kantor told CBS: & # 39; She played a much more active role than anyone has ever known.

& # 39; But it was horrifying for her, because Harvey Weinstein had had such a & # 39; n important influence & # 39 ;.

Paltrow's decision was especially difficult because Weinstein had played her as a relatively unknown 22-year-old in the adaptation of Jane Austin & Emma, ​​who made her a star.

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He also threw her as the lead actor in Shakespeare in Love, confirming her as an A-star when she won the Best Actress Oscar.

Paltrow's decision was especially difficult because Weinstein had played her as a relatively unknown 22-year-old in the adaptation of Jane Austin & Emma, ​​who made her a star. He also threw her as the lead actor in Shakespeare in Love, cementing her as an A-star when she won the Best Actress Oscar (photo in 1999)

Paltrow's decision was especially difficult because Weinstein had played her as a relatively unknown 22-year-old in the adaptation of Jane Austin & Emma, ​​who made her a star. He also threw her as the lead actor in Shakespeare in Love, cementing her as an A-star when she won the Best Actress Oscar (photo in 1999)

Paltrow's decision was especially difficult because Weinstein had played her as a relatively unknown 22-year-old in the adaptation of Jane Austin & Emma, ​​who made her a star. He also threw her as the lead actor in Shakespeare in Love, cementing her as an A-star when she won the Best Actress Oscar (photo in 1999)

In the NBC & # 39; s Today show, Twohey said: & # 39; Gwyneth Paltrow was one of Harvey's biggest stars.

& # 39; He had presented himself as a godfather to her, so many people will be surprised to find that when so many other actresses were reluctant to get on the phone and were afraid to tell the truth about what they had on their hands experienced, Gwyneth was one of the first people to come on the phone and she was determined to help this investigation.

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& # 39; Even when Harvey Weinstein came early to a party at her house and had to hide in the bathroom. & # 39;

NBC host Savannah Guthrie said: & # 39; There is a crazy scene in the book in which she hides in her own bathroom and yells you that he is here, what should I do? He's here! & # 39;

Twohey said: & # 39; Harvey Weinstein was very aware and very scared about what the implications would be if his biggest star appeared on the plate & # 39;

Twohey described the decisions of women like Paltrow to pronounce themselves as & # 39; guts & # 39 ;.

In an interview, Kantor gave new details about the time that Weinstein would have attacked Paltrow when she was 22.

Paltrow, now 46, said that Weinstein laid her hands on her and suggested that they give each other massages in his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. Paltrow then refused and told her friend Brad Pitt (together in 1997), who confronted Weinstein during a movie premiere and told him to stay away from her - encouraging the producer
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Paltrow, now 46, said that Weinstein laid her hands on her and suggested that they give each other massages in his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. Paltrow then refused and told her friend Brad Pitt (together in 1997), who confronted Weinstein during a movie premiere and told him to stay away from her - encouraging the producer

Paltrow, now 46, said that Weinstein laid her hands on her and suggested that they give each other massages in his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. Paltrow then refused and told her friend Brad Pitt (together in 1997), who confronted Weinstein during a movie premiere and told him to stay away from her – encouraging the producer

Paltrow, now 46, said that Weinstein laid her hands on her and suggested that they give each other massages in his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel.

Kantor said: & She had a fax from her agent who said you should come here.

& # 39; So she went to the hotel room. The meeting was pretty unremarkable. But at the end, she says he actually laid her hands on her and said: & # 39; & # 39; Let's end in the bedroom & # 39; & # 39 ;.

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Paltrow then refused and told her friend Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein during a movie premiere and told him to stay away from her – encouraging the producer.

Kantor said: & # 39; He essentially said (to Paltrow): & # 39; You will ruin your entire career if you tell people about this & # 39 ;.

& # 39; It was so creepy because so many of them would tell variations on the same story & # 39 ;.

Twohey said Paltrow was in a vulnerable position because she was trying to get a job from Weinstein at the time.

She said: “They were there to discuss potential roles as actresses, or they were junior employees in his company who were there to essentially help him during the course of the working day.”

Paltrow had previously discussed the incident with the New York Times, but only five days after their first story about Weinstein. Ashley Judd (photo) agreed to be mentioned in that first piece
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Paltrow had previously discussed the incident with the New York Times, but only five days after their first story about Weinstein. Ashley Judd (photo) agreed to be mentioned in that first piece

Actress Rose McGowan (photo) also agreed with the name

Actress Rose McGowan (photo) also agreed with the name

Paltrow had previously discussed the incident with the New York Times, but only five days after their first story about Weinstein. Ashley Judd (left) agreed to be mentioned in that first play, as did actress Rose McGowan (right) and a number of other women

Paltrow had previously discussed the incident with the New York Times, but only five days after their first story about Weinstein.

Ashley Judd agreed to be mentioned in that first play, as did actress Rose McGowan and a number of other women.

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The report detailed how Weinstein had used settlements to hold charges against him for years.

The book, which will be released on Tuesday, has been compared to All the President & # 39; s Men, the unveiling of the Nixon administration, only for the MeToo era

The book, which will be released on Tuesday, has been compared to All the President & # 39; s Men, the unveiling of the Nixon administration, only for the MeToo era

The book, which will be released on Tuesday, has been compared to All the President & # 39; s Men, the unveiling of the Nixon administration, only for the MeToo era

Kantor said that Paltrow, like the other women they interviewed, had very good reasons to keep their stories private.

She said: & # 39; The famous women often felt that this would be a sleazy Hollywood sex story that I don't want to be part of. Unknown women said this will be the first Google search result for me for the rest of my life. I will be affected by this forever & # 39 ;.

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The book, which appears on Tuesday, has been compared to All the President & # 39; s Men, the unveiling of the Nixon administration, only for the MeToo era.

The final chapters describe an emotional encounter in Paltrow's Los Angeles mansion with a dozen victims of sexual abuse that & # 39; The Gathering & # 39; is called.

Among them is a McDonald & # 39; s worker, Kim Lawson, who helped organize a nationwide strike in the US because of the failure of the fast food chain to tackle sexual harassment.

At one point, Paltrow sheds tears over the way Weinstein used his support for her own career to persuade other women to have sex with him.

Lawson hands Paltrow a box of tissues and comforts her, the book says.

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Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

His lawyers said in a statement that the book & # 39; unilateral allegations & # 39; used to be.

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