(CNN)More women, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.
Paltrow and Jolie made their allegations in a New York Times article published Tuesday.A representative for Paltrow confirmed the account she shared with the Times to CNN.Paltrow said she was 22 years old when Weinstein hired her to play the lead in his adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Emma.”
Paltrow is 45 years old. That means that for 23 years, Weinstein allegedly continued to victimize other women – many of whom never reached the wealth and fame as Paltrow – as she sat silent. Meanwhile, Paltrow enjoyed her fame, wealth, and lectured the rest of us about women’s rights. The same is true for Jolie and so many others. I get that Paltrow may have been fearful to say anything when she was an unknown trying to make her way, but what was her excuse for the last decade when she was an established A-list celebrity? Where was she when she could have used her platform to protect other women – not from the general “patriarchy,” but from a man that she knew to be a predator?
Forgive me if I scoff at their denunciations at this late date when their silence enabled Weinstein to victimize so many others.