The '90s were a productive period for Miramax and Harvey Weinstein. Movies like Reservoir Dogs, The Crying Game, The Piano, Pulp Fiction, Clerks, Heavenly Creatures, Muriel's Wedding, Chungking Express, Flirting with Disaster, Dead Man, Trainspotting, Swingers, Sling Blade, and Citizen Ruth helped establish the company's reputation as a purveyor of cultural products with a veneer of artistry and hip sophistication. But, more importantly to investors, they often had real commercial appeal. In 1993, Disney took notice and purchased the studio in a reportedly $60 million deal, allowing Harvey and his brother to continue running the business.
But as the actresses who've spoken out attest, this period of success was a hotbed for misconduct. In the Times report, Gwyneth Paltrow describes an encounter with Weinstein when she was 22 years old. The daughter of director of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner, a Hollywood kid who called Steven Spielberg her godfather, Paltrow was ready to breakout as the star of the 1996 adaptation of Emma, which Weinstein was producing. As she details, Weinstein allegedly put his hands on her and invited her to his bedroom for a massage. She rejected him and told her then boyfriend Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein at a theater premiere. Later, the producer shouted at her on a phone call, berating her for telling others about the incident. “He screamed at me for a long time,” Paltrow told the Times. “It was brutal."