Gwyneth Paltrow & Angelina Jolie Slammed for 'Taking Too Long to Reveal' Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment

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In the court of public opinion, accusers are often guilty until proven innocent ... unless there's a deep dive into their past, along with a few character witnesses to prove they're worthy of remorse. And when they decide to speak up, we legitimize their testimony based on an expiration date that's suitable for us. The Internet is shaming Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, a now canned top-level Hollywood executive and producer -- who fell from grace amid endless accusations of sexual harassment -- because their timing is too little too late.

  • Reports of Harvey's near 30-year harassment reign and past settlements have surfaced, which resulted in his termination from the Weinstein Company.

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    "I appreciate the way I behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it," Weinstein told the New York Times in a statement while denying the claims. "Though I'm trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go."

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    Before being fired from his own company, Harvey tried to solicit support from fellow execs in a final act of desperation. "My board is thinking of firing me," Weinstein wrote in an email, The Hollywood Reporter notes. He continued:

    "All I'm asking, is let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counseling. Whether it be in a facility or somewhere else, allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance. A lot of the allegations are false as you know but given therapy and counseling as other people have done, I think I'd be able to get there .... Do not let me be fired. If the industry supports me, that is all I need. With all due respect, I need the letter today."

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  • The New Yorker released audio of Weinstein admitting he groped model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez back in 2015.

    "Why yesterday you touch my breast?" Gutierrez asks on tape. "Oh, please, I'm sorry, just come on in, I'm used to that," Weinstein responds. ".... Don't ruin your friendship with me for five minutes."

  • Weinstein's alleged victims -- like Asia Argento, who says he forced oral sex on her -- are speaking out, including Jolie and Paltrow.

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    Paltrow exclusively told the New York Times about an incident with Harvey Weinstein in his hotel room when she was just 22. "I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified .... I thought he was going to fire me," the Academy Award winner recounts, telling the Times that Harvey petitioned her to go to his bedroom for "massages." 

    "He screamed at me for a long time," Paltrow alleges after she told her friends and family -- including then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who confronted Harvey -- shortly after the incident. "It was brutal."

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    "I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did," Angelina Jolie wrote in a statement to the New York Times. "This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."

  • And, of course, the Internet couldn't help but eviscerate Gwyn and Angie for not caring enough to bring Harvey down sooner rather than later.

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    The victim-blaming comments are alive and well.

  • Many asked the classic "why now" question, as they feel such A-listers could've easily dethroned one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.

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  • Others feel Angelina and Gwyneth are personally responsible for the sexual harassment women have endured from Harvey.

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  • Thankfully not everyone accepts this narrative, and many quickly pointed out our society's problem with victim-blaming...

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  • ... and "mansplaining" in one fell swoop.

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    While we're on the subject of men, news outlets are noting a deafening silence of Hollywood gents who aren't speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, which some might argue reiterates the "old boys' club" and the lack of power -- and support -- women actually have.

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  • "Sexual harassment is trauma, and trauma may be repressed and denied over time," Lisa Bahar, a marriage and family therapist, tells CafeMom.

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    "With respect to 'why now,' I would say there is a running theme that has occurred where individuals are feeling validated about their experience," Bahar continues.

    "This helps with accepting the occurrence -- which is not to approve or agree -- the reality of the trauma of sexual violation, and having the freedom to speak with [a] decreased threat, because they are not alone. Women are being encouraged to have a voice and are learning to exercise that voice by sharing their story. And yet, the reality of success [can be] a very real barrier. Community is important, and these women are creating a community of support that frees them from [the] fear to be silent about the violation."

  • Hopefully society will stop asking victims *why* they don't feel comfortable speaking out and will start addressing *how* we can make this possible.

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    Change must start with us.

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