On the Today Show, reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor credit Gwyneth Paltrow for her help in breaking the Harvey Weinstein story. Ashley Judd also spoke out on Today about her decision to talk.
“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 to a party at her house early and she was sort of forced to hide in the bathroom.”
Twohey and Kantor have written the book, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, set to drop next week, and they have been opening up about what led to their probe into Weinstein’s alleged misconduct.
Paltrow rose to fame in Weinstein movies, and while she didn’t go on the record in the first story, she did come forward. Twohey explains: “I think that many people will be surprised to discover that when so many other actresses were reluctant to get on the phone and scared to tell the truth about what they had experienced at his hands, that Gwyneth was actually one of the first people to get on the phone, and that she was determined to help this investigation—even when Harvey Weinstein showed up to a party at her house early and she was sort of forced to hide in the bathroom.”
She continued: “I think Harvey Weinstein was extremely aware and extremely scared of what the implications would be if is biggest star actually ended up going on the record.”
“Even trying to figure out how to reach these famous actresses was kind of an investigation unto itself,” Kantor said. “We couldn’t call their publicists; we couldn’t call their agents. So even if we managed to get Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow on the phone, which we did, we had to figure out how to say in that first minute, ‘Here’s an argument for trusting us; here’s an argument for telling us a really private story.’”
Judd came on Today and explained her perspective: [“I was unafraid of him, and I was very comfortable with the power of these two, and their investigative reporting, and the power of the New York Times. It’s a venerable institution, and their legal team had vetted their reporting. And I knew that it was all going to be okay. It was time.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . .it was time.)
In response to NBC’s request for comment, Weinstein said, in part: “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.”
The disgraced producer denies allegations of misconduct, and is set to go on trial for assault and rape in January of next year.
In March, reports leaked that he had reached a tentative $44 million settlement with accusers.