Gwyneth Paltrow: Harvey Weinstein 'had an incredible gift for finding talent'

Gwyneth Paltrow is not ready to write off Harvey Weinstein completely. The actress, who rose to stardom with lead roles in the Weinstein-produced films Emma and Shakespeare in Love, is one of many actresses who has come forward with stories of being sexually harassed by the producer. On Sunday, Paltrow told the audience at the Sun Valley Film Festival that she was “still trying to process” her experience — and added that Weinstein’s accomplishments don’t deserve to be forgotten in the midst of the scandal.

“Harvey Weinstein had an incredible gift for finding talent, for supporting great screenplays, great actors,” said Paltrow, as quoted in Idaho’s Eye on Sun Valley. “We tend to throw the baby out with the bath water. It’s far more complicated than that.”

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“I’m proud of the work that I did during that time,” she continued. “Art remains art, and I’m proud of the art that I put in the world then.”

Weinstein’s company, Miramax, produced some of the most acclaimed films of the 1990s and 2000s, including Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Amelie, and Chicago. However, more than 80 women have now alleged that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them during these decades, often with the result that their careers were derailed by the trauma or they were blacklisted for refusing his advances.

Paltrow shared her own story with the New York Times in October, saying that Weinstein asked her to go to his bedroom for a massage during a meeting when she was 22 years old. The actress (who declined) said she told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, about the incident, after which Pitt confronted the producer and told him not to touch Paltrow again. Weinstein was furious and told Paltrow never to tell anyone else what had happened. “I thought he was going to fire me [from Emma],” Paltrow told the Times. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.”

Paltrow has also said that Weinstein boasted about having sex with her in order to persuade aspiring actresses to sleep with him. “He’s not the first person to lie about sleeping with someone,” she told the Times. “But he used the lie as an assault weapon.”

Weinstein has denied all accusations of sexual assault. He is currently under investigation by the district attorneys of Los Angeles County and Manhattan. On Tuesday, his current film studio, the Weinstein Company, filed for bankruptcy and terminated all nondisclosure agreements that may have prevented victims from coming forward.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Gwyneth Paltrow attends The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo Power Stylists Dinner on March 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 18: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives on the red carpet for the Pre-Broadway Opening Engagement Of 'Head Over Heels' at the Curran Theatre on April 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images)
SUN VALLEY, ID - MARCH 18: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival - Coffee Talk with Gwyneth Paltrow on March 18, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for Sun Valley Film Festival )
SUN VALLEY, ID - MARCH 17: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival - Vision Award Dinner for Gwyneth Paltrow held at the Roundhouse on March 17, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for Sun Valley Film Festival )
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the in goop Health Summit on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Goop)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2017 Baby2Baby Gala on November 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Gwyneth Paltrow during the WSJ Magazine 2017 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 11th Annual God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards at Spring Studios on October 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Gwyneth Paltrow (L) and Blythe Danner attend the 11th Annual Golden Heart Awards benefiting God's Love We Deliver on October 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 11: Gwyneth Paltrow makes an appearance during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Monday, September 11, 2017 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Gwyneth Paltrow on Wednesday, June 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 08: (L-R) Rick Caruso & Gwyneth Paltrow Host Cocktails At goop-in@Nordstrom at The Grove on June 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for goop)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, June 5 included Gwyneth Paltrow (Goop), Sean Diddy Combs (Cant Stop Wont Stop: A Bad Boy Story) and musical guest Ryan Adams. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) GWYNETH PALTROW
SEATTLE, WA - MAY 19: Gwyneth Paltrow visits goop-In@Nordstrom for Book Signingon May 19, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Nordstrom)
CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 06: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital's Kaleidoscope on May 06, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: A$AP Rocky and Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends a front row during La Perla Fall/Winter 2017 RTW Show at SIR Stage 37 on February 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for La Perla)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Gwyneth Paltrow, actress & founder of Goop, speaks onstage at the 3rd Annual Airbnb Open Spotlight at the Los Angeles Theatre on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch launch event at Spring Studios on November 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Frederique Constant)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2016 LACMA Art + Film gala at LACMA on October 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Founder of the GOOD+ Foundation and host Jessica Seinfeld attends the First-Ever GOOD+ Foundation Halloween Bash hosted Jessica Seinfeld at Sunset Gower Studios on October 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for GOOD+)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29: (L-R) Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, wearing Gucci, Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele and actress Brie Larson, wearing Gucci attend the 2016 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Robert Irwin and Kathryn Bigelow Presented By Gucci at LACMA on October 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for LACMA)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 26: Gwyneth Paltrow attends ELLE Magazine 30th anniversary party at Circulo de Bellas Artes Club on October 26, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Gwyneth Paltrow attends an Author's Night event on August 13, 2016 in East Hamptons, New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 06: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2016 Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink at Fairview on Mecox Bay on August 6, 2016 in Bridgehampton, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 14: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Juice Beauty Exclusive Personal Appearance at Holt Renfrew Flagship Store on July 14, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Gwyneth Paltrow (L) and Solange Knowles attend a private dinner hosted by Michael Kors to celebrate the new Regent Street Flagship store opening at The River Cafe on June 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
CANNES, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is interviewed by Stephen Sackur during a special live-recording 'Hard Talk' hosted by BBC World News during The Cannes Lions Festival 2016 on June 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 19: James Corden and Gwyneth Paltrow prepare to perform Toddlerography on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Darren Michaels/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Gwyneth Paltrow, wearing Bally, attends Bally Dinner, celebrating Beverly Hills flagship store opening in support of Communities in Schools, on April 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Bally)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Gwyneth Paltrow signs copies of her book 'It's All Easy' at Williams-Sonoma on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 13: CBS This Morning anchors talk with Gwyneth Paltrow during Wednesday's show, April 13, 2016, in New York. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Actress Gwyneth Paltrow poses with actor John Benjamin Hickey during a taping of 'My Favorite Song with John Benjamin Hickey' on Radio Andy at the SiriusXM Studios on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow Signs Copies Of Her New Book 'It's All Easy' at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on April 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Gwyneth Paltrow seen at CBS This Morning on April 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by MPI02/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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