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26/07/2018 11:55 BST

Gwyneth Paltrow Says Working With Harvey Weinstein Was ‘Like A Classic Abusive Relationship’

'He could be truly horrible and mean and then be incredibly generous.'

Gwyneth Paltrow has discussed Harvey Weinstein, describing her working relationship with the movie producer as being “like a classic abusive one”.

The actress-turned-entrepreneur gave a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times Magazine and while the piece focuses on her business Goop, she also discussed working as an actor.

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Gwyneth Paltrow 

Throughout her career, she worked on numerous films produced by Weinstein, including ‘Shakespeare In Love’, for which she won an Oscar.

She told the publication: “The one time that Harvey propositioned me was really almost the least of it in terms of how onerous that relationship was, and it was very quid pro quo and punitive, and I always felt like I was on thin ice, and he could be truly horrible and mean and then be incredibly generous.

“It was kind of like a classic abusive relationship.”

Gwyneth does still act and recently reprised her role as Pepper Potts for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’, but speaking about her career in the past tense, she said: “I really liked acting.

“But at a certain point, it started to feel frustrating in a way not to have true agency, like to be beholden to other people to give you a job, or to create something, to put something into the world.”

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Weinstein with his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, after a court appearance on 9 July 

Gwyneth previously talked about her experiences with Weinstein in October 2017, revealing that she was asked to attend a meeting in her hotel room at the age of 22, while negotiations for the film ‘Emma’ were ongoing.

Gwyneth said she told her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, that Weinstein suggestively placed his hands on her. Brad then confronted the producer.

Since last October, over 85 women have come forward to accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, abuse or rape.

Legal action has been taken and Weinstein has been charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sexual misconduct and abuse. There are also ongoing police investigations taking place in California and London. He has denied all charges and all previous allegations of rape.