Oscar winner and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t about to let Harvey Weinstein’s douchebaggery keep her down. Paltrow spoke out on Tuesday about how Weinstein sexually harassed and threatened her when she was 22. At that young age, Paltrow had just been hired by Weinstein to play the lead in Emma; Weinstein allegedly touched Paltrow and asked her for a massage.
Paltrow’s allegation is just one of many that have gotten Weinstein sacked from his massive production company this week. (Weinstein maintains that all relations with women coming forward to speak against him were consensual. A number of actors, like Matt Damon, have expressed shock and denied any prior knowledge of Weinstein’s vile behavior.)
But the day after her story broke, Paltrow took to Instagram to post a sweet selfie with her daughter, Apple, 13, in honor of the International Day of the Girl. “Everything I do in my life I do for this girl (and her brother),” Paltrow wrote in the caption. The mother of two also has son Moses, 11, with ex-husband and “conscious uncoupled” partner Chris Martin of Coldplay.
During a week of such grim news about the treatment of women in Hollywood by men in power positions, it’s a joy to hear celebrity moms celebrating their strong daughters. Paltrow also spoke to Harper’s Bazaar about Apple for its November cover story. “I actually don’t need to encourage her to take risks. She likes to push herself; she wants to see how far she can get. It’s really inspiring to see that in a young woman.”
We commend Paltrow on joining other women in speaking out against Weinstein’s actions, and we celebrate the strong daughter Paltrow is raising. Apple is growing up in a world where harassment and assault of women is far too common — but here’s hoping she sees the day when it stops, period.