Gwyneth Paltrow says her feelings about Harvey Weinstein are complicated: 'We're all ... light and dark'
Gwyneth Paltrow has mixed emotions when she thinks about Harvey Weinstein. The Goop CEO appeared at Wednesday's Dealbook conference where she discussed her "complicated relationship" with the disgraced producer and how she's "not sure" how she feels about him now.
"You know, I don't like to be binary about people or about things," she told Dealbook's Andrew Ross Sorkin. "I think we're all equal parts or varying percentages light and dark."
Paltrow, 47, was one of the first big names to come forward and accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The actress worked with him on several movies and was the face of Miramax, the company co-founded by Weinstein, which produced Shakespeare in Love, earning Paltrow an Oscar.
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"He was a very, very important figure in my life. He was my main boss," she explained, according to CNN. "He gave me incredible opportunity and yet during that time we had a very, very fraught, complicated relationship. Highs and lows. And the postscript to that chapter of my life is where it gets extremely complicated for me, because information came to light about who he was and how he was behaving that I didn't know during my already very difficult time with him. So I'm not sure. I'm not sure how I feel."
Sorkin asked if men like Weinstein can repent. "Is there something they can do?"
"There's a spectrum," Paltrow replied, "but it does seem to me, for the more egregious offenders, that really loss of power is what keeps them from further offending. So if they don't have the power, then they lose that dynamic and then the game's over."
Paltrow worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who investigated Weinstein for their book She Said. The entrepreneur said it's helped her realize there was a connection between Weinstein and her desire to (mostly) give up acting and start a company of her own.
"It's something that I've been processing over the last year or so. I don't think I was even aware that it possibly could have tarnished the way that I viewed my first career until I got involved with Jodi and Megan and the book," she added.
Weinstein, 67, is apparently plotting a comeback after he stands trail for rape in January. According to a CNN report, the former media mogul maintains he is innocent of any crime and isn't sorry for his alleged behavior.
More than 90 women have come forward accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault and/or misconduct. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.