Brad Pitt ‘just wanted to make sure nothing was going to happen further’ when he threatened to kill Harvey Weinstein after he allegedly made unwanted sexual advances towards Gwyneth Paltrow, when they were dating.
The Once Upon A Time in Hollywood actor was in a relationship with the actress – who is now married to Brad Falchuk – when disgraced producer Weinstein allegedly tried to lure her into his hotel room and asked for a massage after she signed on to star in Emma and Shakespeare in Love in 1995.
Gwyneth – who dated Brad for three years until 1997 – claimed last year that the 55-year-old actor confronted Weinstein after she told him what had happened.
Now Brad has explained the reasoning for his threats in an interview with CNN.
He said: ‘At that moment, I was just a boy from the Ozarks on the playground and that’s how we confronted things.
‘I just wanted to make sure nothing was going to happen further because she was going to do two films [with Weinstein].’
Brad says he’s glad things are changing around the world now to improve the ‘dynamics’ between men and women, specifically in the workplace.
‘I think the interesting thing is that we, Hollywood specifically, but the workplace, men and women’s dynamics is being re-calibrated, re-calibrated in a very good way that is long overdue. And I do think that’s an important story to tell,’ he said.
Former Hollywood movie producer Weinstein – whose trial has been pushed back to January 2020 – was charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree, one count of first-degree rape and one count of third-degree rape.
Brad’s comments come after Gwyneth praised him for standing up for her during the alleged incident.
She said: ‘He told me exactly what he said. He said, “If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.” It was great. It was the equivalent of throwing him against the wall, energetically.
‘He leveraged his fame and power to protect me at a time when I didn’t have fame or power yet … he’s the best. I love him for this.’
The 46-year-old was left ‘shaken’ by her encounter with Weinstein, she was initially hesitant to speak about her experiences when first approached by reporters.
But she added: ‘Now, it seems like a no-brainer, but at the time, the floodgates hadn’t opened, and not only did the story break, but it changed the culture completely.’
Brad also opened up about fatherhood and his own ideas about masculinity and family: ‘My dad always said he wanted to give me a better life than he had coming from extreme poverty, and he did it. And it makes me think, as a dad, what do I have to offer that’s better than I had, to my kids?’.
The Ad Astra actor has had a troubled relationship with his eldest son Maddox who recently spoke out about their family dynamic.
On his divorce with Angelina Jolie and relationship with alcohol, Brad said he realised he had been ‘running to avoid tough feelings, painful feelings’ and had been looking for ways to escape.
‘I don’t know how better to describe it. It can be anything, drugs, booze, Netflix, snacks. Anything. I don’t want at this point to be running from anything,’ he said.
‘I want to sit in it, I want to feel it, I want to get through the rough night. I found in doing so, you come out the other side with a more profound understanding, of yourself and a greater gratefulness of those in your life. And the birds and the trees and everything else.’
by – metro.co.uk