Angelina Jolie: ‘It was hard for me when Brad’ worked with Harvey Weinstein

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Angelina Jolie covered The Guardian Weekend, the newspaper’s in-house magazine this weekend. She is promoting her new book, which she co-authored with Geraldine Van Bueren QC and Amnesty International. The book is called Know Your Rights, and it’s “a guide for young people.” It will hopefully be a handbook of sorts for disenfranchised children and young people around the world to know their rights, to know how to fight for their rights and know how to advocate for themselves. Angelina spilled in this interview and I’m just going to do as many highlights as possible, but it’s worth it to read the full piece, if only for the repeated references to Dusty, her talkative Rottweiler. She spoke in-depth about Brad Pitt, what happened on the plane in 2016 and Harvey Weinstein. She also denies the story/rumor that she wants to move to London or somewhere else – she is fine with staying in LA, at least until her kids grow up. Some highlights:

Something happened which made her fear for her children’s rights. “I… I’m still in my own legal situation. I can’t speak about that.” Are you talking about your divorce from Brad Pitt and the allegations you have made against him of domestic abuse? She tells me she is sworn to silence. Well, nod if you’re talking about the divorce and allegations. She nods. And did she fear for the safety of her children? This time she answers. “Yes, for my family. My whole family.”

Fighting for children’s rights across the board, and for her kids’ rights: “Often you cannot recognise something in a personal way, especially if your focus is on the greatest global injustices, because everything else seems smaller. It’s so hard. I’d like to be able to have this discussion and it’s so important…I’m not the kind of person who makes decisions like the decisions I had to make lightly. It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children.”

When a child is harmed: “What I know is when a child has been harmed, physically, emotionally, or witnessed the harm of somebody they love or care for, it can cause damage to that child. One of the reasons children need to have these rights is because without them they are vulnerable to living unsafe, unhealthy lives.”

Working with Harvey Weinstein when she was 21, on ‘Playing By Heart’: “Harvey Weinstein. I worked with him when I was young… If you get yourself out of the room, you think he attempted but didn’t, right? The truth is that the attempt and the experience of the attempt is an assault.” What happened? “I really don’t want to derail the book into stories about Harvey.” But that was an abuse of rights? “It was. It was beyond a pass, it was something I had to escape. I stayed away and warned people about him. I remember telling Jonny, my first husband, who was great about it, to spread the word to other guys – don’t let girls go alone with him. I was asked to do The Aviator, but I said no because he was involved. I never associated or worked with him again. It was hard for me when Brad did.”

Pitt worked with Weinstein on Inglourious Basterds & Killing Them Softly: In doing so, Jolie felt he was minimising the sexual assault she had endured. “We fought about it. Of course it hurt,” Jolie says about Pitt being happy to work with Weinstein, despite knowing he had assaulted her. She avoided attending promotional events for the film.

The past five years of divorce: “I mean, in some ways it’s been the last decade. There’s a lot I can’t say. I think at the end of the day, even if you and a few people you love are the only people who know the truth of your life, what you fight for, or what you sacrifice, or what you’ve suffered, you come to be at peace with that, regardless of everything going on around you…. I’m not out of it… How am I? I’m realising that sometimes you can survive things, but not know how to feel and live in the same way. So it’s more about being open. I’m really trying to be open as a human being again.”

She’s trying to see the silver lining of her divorce: “It has been so horrific that I almost have to see it as a godsend to be in a position to be able to fight this system. It doesn’t start with the violation [the plane incident]. It’s so much more complicated than that.” She says the lack of ratification has had a significant impact on her battle: “My 17-year-old, for example, has been denied a voice in court.”

She wants everyone to heal: “It’s not that I want to talk about anything really, because I just want my family to heal. And I want everyone to move forward – all of us, including their dad. I want us to heal and be peaceful. We’ll always be a family.”

[From The Guardian Weekend]

I checked it out, and Jonny Lee Miller worked on three films with Harvey Weinstein listed as producer or distributor – Dracula 2000, Mansfield Park and Mindhunters, all between 1999-2004. I do wonder if JLM was in a position to say no, or if he wanted to use his position to warn people on set. But yeah… Angelina was Brad Pitt’s second girlfriend/partner to have a Harvey Weinstein story. Gwyneth Paltrow told him about Weinstein assaulting her too, and she had a story about Brad’s heroism at the time. Fifteen years later, I guess Brad didn’t mind working with predators.

As for what she says about the divorce… my heart is broken for her. She’s been through the wringer on for five years, all because it finally got to a point where she was terrified for the well-being of her children. He’s still punishing her for that too.

Cover/pics courtesy of The Guardian Weekend.

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  1. Beenie says:

    What an interview! Feels like the first time we’ve truly heard her speak about all the drama and trauma of the past 5 years.

    • Jane says:

      This interview was A LOT. I’m amazed the journalist was able to get so much out of her considering that she hasn’t spoken about any of this before, but I suppose the book is a direct result of all these experiences so it’s difficult to talk about its inception without at least referring to them. My opinion of Brad Pitt was already low because of the plane incident and the way he’s handled his divorce and PR over the last five years (and he STILL hasn’t been photographed with any of his kids since the plane incident, despite being papped at various points on his own, which I think says a lot), but the Weinstein stuff is absolutely reprehensible. He was famous and powerful enough to not need Weinstein or Miramax for his films and yet he still associated with him voluntarily more than once. And for all those Angie-haters who want to know why she never said anything when all the Weinstein stuff went down, this is why! Her own husband and father of her children either didn’t believe her or didn’t care, so why would she expect anyone else to? And no doubt if she had said something, she would have been on the receiving end of a load of slut shaming about it.

      My take away from this is that she is a much better person than he is, and a much better ex-wife than he deserves – when she talks about wanting to protect all her family and heal all her family, it’s clear that she includes him in this. She wants him to be healthy and have a healthy relationship with the kids for everyone’s benefit, despite all the muck that he’s thrown at her over the last five years. She knows what it’s like for parents to have a toxic relationship and how that affects kids because she’s been through it herself. The person alienating the kids is Brad.

      • Golly Gee says:

        From the way the article was worded, I inferred that she said a lot more then she intended to. I think after keeping everything inside for so long — at least publicly —it must be hard not to blurt out the truth to try to counter all the BS out there.

  2. Wiglet Watcher says:

    I think we only have the tip of the iceberg on how abusive Brad was.

    • TQ says:

      Exactly this. I read the article this weekend and came away with an even clearer picture of what an abusive m*therf*cker Brad is and that he was abusive throughout their partnership & marriage. She is really going high here by not spilling the details, and trying to help her kids heal.

    • Juniper says:

      I know someone who worked in the Pitt/Aniston household and that person has said that he wasn’t exactly a peach to her either. This is not to minimize AJ’s experiences but to concur he has a pattern.

      • iconoclast59 says:

        @Juniper, yes, I mentioned before about reading that Pitt called Aniston “The Leaker” because she’s very emotional and easily moved to tears. Not all abuse is physical; a steady diet of those type of insults will really wear a person down over time.

  3. truthSF says:

    My mother wasn’t in a position to protect us when something bad happened to her and one of my siblings, so I 1000% commend Angelina for doing what was best for the kids immediately because she was in the position to. Many mothers can’t…or won’t in some cases!

  4. Annie says:

    The most disturbing part is he actually sought Harvey to co-produce with him not the other way round.
    I’m now also thinking that he exaggerated how he confronted Harvey for attacking Goop and said something like, “hey buddy, that’s my girlfriend, hands off”, and both laughed.

    • Boxy Lady says:

      “You were with Johnny when it happened and he handled it the way he wanted to handle it. I was with Gwyneth when it happened to her so I handled. I don’t need to do anything for you because it happened a long time ago. It’s been handled and it’s over. Plus Harvey can get me an Oscar! You can’t possibly understand how hard it is for me to not have one because you already have an Oscar! And so does your dad! And so does Gwyneth! Everyone has an Oscar except me! Harvey is the man who can get me one. You need to support me in this!”
      I’m willing to bet real money that Brad’s rationale to Angelina was somewhere along these lines.

    • Bleh says:

      Harvey who threatened to ruin every actress who rejected his advances. Bitter, sad man.

      No way did Brad threaten to hurt him as Gwen and Brad claim, only for Harvey to then turn around and bankroll and produce his film.

      It probably was a laugh or a lie Brad told Gwen to console her.

    • Golly Gee says:

      TMZ (The Misogynist Zone) all but calls Angelina a liar, implying that she did not object to Brad working with Harvey. The logic being that if Brad stood up to Harvey on Gwyneth‘s behalf, he would obviously not work with Harvey if Angelina objected.
      The man is always a righteous truth teller, don’t you know, while women are mostly scheming whores. Thanks for opening our eyes, TMZ!

    • Sidewithkids says:

      Plus Goop after knowing what HW did to her, later worked w/ HW on Shakespeare in Love so that tells you something about her. It’s about $$ and fame for these people. Angie said it in the interview, it’s a disturbing place. That’s why she doesn’t want to live there.

      • SKF says:

        Please don’t victim blame. A lot of women in all sorts of industries are forced to work with their abusers in order to have the career they worked really hard for. They are frequently gaslit into believing the assaults and harassment didn’t matter and that they should just get over it. They are made to believe that this is the only way. I do not blame Gwyneth or anyone else for continuing to work with Weinstein, because that’s what women everywhere are pushed to do.

  5. Sierra says:

    Despite the sexist way the male writer started, this interview was brilliant.

    Without many words, Angelina conveyed the pain and trauma she and the children suffered because of Brad. The plane incident was just the final straw.

    And Brad should be really scared since Angelina is done playing nice.

  6. VS says:

    Yet she still married him after all of that? it seems she is finally responding to Brad’s attacks….I root for no one in this fight except for the small kids/teenagers

    • Lily P says:

      She was in an abusive relationship, the norms of rational thinking don’t apply.

      I don’t really see how it’s okay to be both sides / no sides in this specific situation, he sought out HW to work with him even though he knew two of his own partners had been assaulted by him. Take AJ out of it completely and that’s still unforgivable to actively seek out and work with a known predator. Now he’s making a film about uncovering the abuse whilst having HW’s PR guru running his media campaign.

    • VS says:

      @Lily P: didn’t she still marry him after the HW stuffs? that’s not why she divorced him, didn’t she? Brad has been playing dirty, she is pushing back now; good for her ….. anyway these are 2 people I should’ve just scrolled by…..the victims here are the children

      • Beth says:

        Yeah please scroll on by. If your first reaction is to victim blame then scroll on by. While you’re on your way out, google domestic violence and how and why women stay.

      • VS says:

        @beth…. jeez where is the victim blame here? can we just stop it? she still did marry him, Yes or No? I am not a domestic abuse expert and I highly doubt you are, if we are now saying it is the case here, who knows? no one, I mean no one knows what happened on that plane that finally pushed AJ to file for divorce! does it even matter? I don’t think it does
        But this is PR from both parties…. to each their own

      • Lucy2 says:

        Yes she married him after the HW stuff. And yes it sounds like she married him after some form of abuse had been going on in their relationship. Sadly this is not uncommon among victims of abuse. I’m sure she regrets it every single day, but in the midst of an abusive situation, especially one with young kids, it’s likely she was doing everything she could think to make it better and save the relationship.

      • freyakat says:

        It seems @vs that you have been fortunate enough to not be a victim of domestic violence. Let me fill you in on why people stay. My ex smashed a window, glass pouring all over me while was asleep because he wanted to talk to me late one night after a fight and I wanted space. I still got engaged to him, i still ended up living with him. Why?, Because he was older and charming, people loved him and he looked like Dylan McDermott’s twin . Yet, alone he was awful, and cruel if he didn’t get what he wanted. I believed I was stupid and worthless and lucky to have someone like him. It’s a slow process how they get you wrapped around their finger. Gaslighting is a bitch. Every one of these incidents I explained away as it was my fault, I made him this angry, that he was a wonderful nice man. It took for him to almost break my jaw (because I had the audacity to go out for my birthday with my girlfriends and showed up late) that woke me up. It then took 8 months of planning to get away from him. He threatened to kill my pets if I left, actually dangled my cats off the balcony saying he would drop them if I left. So I planned my escape. Saving money, finding a place, getting into school. When I finally left him he was a complete crying mess, because you see abusers hate losing control of their victims. 25 years later, he still tries to charm, me, tells me he misses me, but I am a different and much stronger woman now.
        SO yes, I can see and sympathize that she still married him. UNLESS you have been a victim, keep your opinions to yourself and get off your high horse. You obviously lack compassion for victims.

      • Sidewithkids says:

        The kids b/c they have Angie as their mom protecting them. I know their solid b/c of this.

    • Mireille says:

      Pretty sure the kids have a great fighter in their corner — their mother. They don’t need someone rooting on the sidelines for “Team Kids” while questioning their mother’s motive to tell her side of the story as PR.

      And yes, she married him. People do that you know when they love someone. And maybe she thought he would change. But, if you’re going to ask the question “why did she marry him” after the way he treated her, it’s pretty much the same as asking if someone is abused, why didn’t they leave.

      I have better questions for you: why didn’t the abuse stop? Why didn’t the abuser get help? Why didn’t the abuser understand that he was hurting his family? Why does society constantly blame the victim for being abused? Can you answer those questions for Angelina?

    • Bleh says:

      Go watch Big Little Lies. It’s hard for women, even of means, to leave their abusers. The show portrays it.

      • Sidewithkids says:

        Plus in both situations, they have kids. Most women stay for the kids. This is also why she married him. Seems like she really wanted a father and a traditional nuclear family for her kids b/c she never had one. Wanted that too much clouded her judgment. BP told her he was it, clearly he’s not. She picked the wrong one that is the only problem.

  7. MarJo says:

    This is a great interview. She is starting to heal…

    • Pix says:

      Yes, heal and take off the bandages so that the world can see the wounds the scars. I loathe him and suspect that he will stop at nothing to get back at her for this interview.

  8. Serena says:

    “Pitt being happy to work with Weinstein, despite knowing he had assaulted her”…what a despicable horrible human being Brad Pitt is.

    Not that I had many doubts, seeing what transpared from the plane incident.. The way she talks about it though, it must take so much courage to get out of that situation, and she still is, it breaks my heart.

  9. VitaBANItaBONnita says:

    That ungrateful trash has two jobs outside of acting and that was to treat his partner and kids right. We stood by him during the beginning of Brangelina because Angie seemed to be a good influence on him.

    He needs to be tarred and feathered.

    Angie will prevail victorious like the Queen she is.

    And her family will too.

  10. GrnieWnie says:

    Given that Angelina is so rights conscious, I think she’s had an experience where she’s faced (on a personal level) just how limited women’s rights are in the United States. That rights may exist on paper, but either they aren’t enforced or they’re undermined by systems that work against them.

    I think it’s quite clear that she has been traumatized and she has lived in fear. Research shows that violence is gendered – that women subject to domestic violence experience it differently than men subject to the same. This difference is experienced in the nature of fear. THEN she has to go through this court system and fight it out with the father of her children, at great expense and as a woman who makes less than a man. Throughout, she is smeared in the press by the Hollywood PR machine and unable to respond. AND her children are unable to testify on their own behalf. What I see, at each step of the way, is her lack of voice. I see this whole situation as a wealth-soaked version of what happens to women around the country. Victims are treated so badly by our systems of justice, and women and children are inevitably collateral damage.

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      Honestly her refusal to get involved in women’s rights in the US and waffling about who she was voting for even while GOP were actively pushing bills to restrict abortion rights and defund the violence against women act and pushing to allow abusers access to guns wasn’t a good look.

      I appreciated her global work, but often wondered why she didn’t see what was happening here to women. I’m sorry it took a personal experience for her to see it.

      Brad Pitt is clearly scum. Just so basic boy scum.

      • GrnieWnie says:

        to be fair, I don’t think she lived in the US all that much. I think she was in London and France and other places. She was helping start a centre for women and conflict at LSE, IIRC, and her UN work is international. People in policy circles often don’t like to get overtly political as it can undermine the work.

        I also don’t really like the underlying assumption that she owes the US something. The US is saturated in resources. It has such a (relatively) strong rule of law, already. America has over consumed so many resources, on a global level. Through its foreign policy, the US has often directly contributed to the political and economic state in various countries around the world. It isn’t wrong for her to put her energy into helping those who are actually much less fortunate in places with little to no rule of law. Elevating rights for women and children at a global level can have an impact in the US, too. Or is the US the exception, always? Must it be first to all Americans, always?

        ITA on Brad, though. What a disappointment.

      • Golly Gee says:

        What she did focus on in the article which is related to her book, is also how in the US children don’t have a voice in court. They are not treated as human beings. She says that if there is a silver lining to what has happened to her family, it is that she has become aware of this and is now going to work to change that.

  11. Abby says:

    Wow, this was a good interview. I have such admiration for Angelina Jolie.

    My opinion of Brad Pitt sinks ever lower.

  12. Myra says:

    I’ll never understand the mentality to blame the woman/the victim in cases of domestic abuse. We now know and understand so much behind the whys – why she didn’t leave or why did she stay for so long. And yet we still see such comments to this day. The onus should always be on the abuser. Why did he do that? No one deserves to be abused.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I think part of it is, we never want to imagine ourselves in that position, and want to believe we would be strong enough to leave immediately and always be in control. Seeing someone stay challenges that, and cracks our own sense of security- why not leave? Why don’t you protect yourself? Why were you out walking late at night by yourself? Why did you get so drunk at the party? Why did you let yourself be alone with him?
      I think it’s a very common gut reaction when we hear something terrible like this, but then our brain needs to work harder than our gut and remember to blame the abuser, not the victim, and to understand abuse and why sometimes people can’t leave.

  13. Maria says:

    I want to say a lot of things. First of all, Brad Pitt is a POS

  14. Maria says:

    I can’t even imagine the situation of any husband voluntarily working with the abuser of his couple. Come on, at this point of his career he already was one of the most powerful actors in HW, he could say NO but the seeking of awards and recognition were more important than his wife assault experience.
    And the audacity of to produce a movie about HW’s victims!!!! such hypocrisy.

    when she is asked about domestic violence she only nods because the legal situation. only nods, no words. it breaking my heart

  15. Anonymous says:

    BP was very abusive towards his first ex wife. Anyone can fall in love with someone else. That happens all the time but he went out of his way to humiliate her. From posing for W cover, accompanying his then girlfriend to adopt a baby (while married), having a baby (while married) and then using the Hollywood PR machine to blame his wife for not wanting a baby. Sad thing is , many of us; myself included, fell for this.

    History is repeating itself again. He’s abuse appears to be escalating. Apparently they were having trouble for years. The plane incident was last straw. No he is using Hollywood PR machine ( like he did with first ex wife) to claim parental alienation. Hopefully this time it won’t work.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Those are good points. I’ve always felt like he treated the first wife really badly in that whole situation. At the time, they were the perfect Hollywood power couple but as his star was rising he saw an opportunity to upgrade to an even more powerful pairing. That happens in Hollywood, so whatever, but yeah he did maximize the humiliation for first wife. (But first wife parlayed that into perhaps the most successful romcom career of all time and while her movies may not be all that memorable, ultimately she’s the one who lives a scandal free life on her own terms and I salute her for surviving and thriving).

  16. LizinA says:

    She married him knowing about his drinking and no doubt was gaslighted into thinking the rest would get better. Hell their honeymoon was spent filming her story about a numb grieving woman and an alcoholic with anger issues, there is really not much surprise. I bet she had hoped that would be therapeutic. There was something way back when Brad did The Tree of Life, with his portrayal of that alcoholic father and he talked about connecting with it. I agree a lot more is going to come out, but so much has always been there in plain sight too.

  17. Lucy2 says:

    Reading this, my mind immediately went to the Gwyneth Paltrow story about Weinstein, and how Brad intervened there (and proudly talked about it when GP went public). So he had not one, but two partners who were harassed by that monster, and continued to work with him- and not just as an actor stuck in a production where they have no control over producers or distributors, but as a producer through his own company making the films.

  18. Cisne says:

    Beware of men who cheat on their wives with you….

    • Sidewithkids says:

      I have a tendency to believe this “cheating” is now suspect. There is so much that is manufactured by CAA for BP and JA that I could see this being one of those things. Not saying it is but I can see it being it now.

      This is why can’t wait until Angie does a full interview about it all.

    • goofpuff says:

      Do you really think that BP cheated on JA with Angie? I’m starting to doubt that years later now. I think BP and JA’s marriage (and some of BP’s previous relationships with other CCA women) has always been for show – one of those CAA planned romances. It worked out really well for them – neither wanted a commitment and they could party all the wanted.

      Its just too bad women kept wanting Jen as the perfect wife/mother brand when she really just loves being a party girl irl. There is absolutely nothing wrong with not wanting family/kids but her PR kept trying to put out stupid stuff to keep her sweetheart brand going and Angie was the perfect scapegoat.

      I mean if they imagine if they just came out and said “Jen really loves hanging out with her friends, smoking weed, working, doing the occasional charity work, and partying. She’s not interested in getting married and having kids.”

  19. Chelsea says:

    So I looked up the movies that Jonny was in that you mentioned and it seems that Miramax was only the producer on Mansfield Park(1999). Mirimax distributed Dracula 2000 and Mindhunters(2004) but Miller wasnt a producer on them so I’m not sure if he knew about their involvement from the start as distribution deals can come after acting talent has been hired. Brad on the other hand was a producer on Killing Them Softly and he and his production team were the ones to bring the Weinstein company on. The Daily Beast actually wrote about this in 2017. The writer tweeted that Brad’s team tried to kill the story back then but acknowledged to the writer that they had no real explanation or excuse for it.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-did-brad-pitt-do-two-harvey-weinstein-movies-after-gwyneth-paltrow-and-angelina-jolie-were-attacked

    • Lucy2 says:

      Yeah I was ready to side eye Miller too, but he was a supporting actor in all of them and would have no control over the producers or the distributors.
      The first two films happened early on, probably right around when Angelina told him what happened, and the last movie looks like it was originally going to be Fox and then switched companies.
      Very different situation from Pitt.

      • Sidewithkids says:

        He shouldn’t have worked w/ him anymore but my goodness, JM status vs BP status is night and day. If BP or any one of those folks who knew would have really called HW out it would have made a huge difference to alot of people. JA prob wanted to call him out and BP refused.

    • Kay says:

      No excuses for JL Miller – never said anything publicly or objected to working with a Weinstein film even his friends Jude Law and Ewan McGregor acted with Weinstein. All these men care about is themselves and money.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Cisne: I agree. Cheating is a form of abuse against a spouse. Gaslighting is also a form of abuse. The extra humiliation was unnecessary and just cruel. I did not see it that way then but time reveals most truths.

  21. Ashton says:

    She was one of the few big name celebrities to speak out first when all of this first happened. I believe her!!!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    I believe her too.

  23. Lucky Charm says:

    I’m so happy she feels comfortable enough to share more of her story. Wishing her nothing but good luck and success as she continues this journey.

    I was with my ex for 15 years. After two years of marriage I realized marrying him was a big mistake, and I should leave. But I was young, had no education or job skills, and scared of what kind of life I could offer my kids, so I stayed. Every day, week, month I thought if I just worked harder and was a better wife everything would be fine, he would change and things would be great. What actually happened is he never changed but I was mentally losing it trying to keep things together. Eventually I acknowledged that my kids needed, and deserved, at least one parent. In order to give them a chance I finally divorced him. We moved out and I suddenly felt much happier, like a big weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I realized what a toll emotionally and mentally my marriage had taken, but it took me 15 years to get there. My parents were shocked when we divorced because “he’s such a nice, charming man!” Yes, he was. In public and with other people. In private? No. Why did it take me so long to leave, years after I already knew I should? Because I was so afraid of the unknown. Fear is a great motivator to stay.

  24. Soph says:

    She attended the Inglorious Basterds premiere in the famous Michael Kors leather dress. I don’t know why she lied about this, it undercuts her point.

    • Coco says:

      She didn’t lie and reading is fundamental she said she avoided as many PR evens for “Inglorious Basterds” as she could. She did not say she didn’t go to any.

    • sunhine says:

      She specifically said he sought out HW for killing them softly and that’s what they fought over. She avoided attending promotional events for killing them softly which is true because the media was wondering where she was.

    • Sidewithkids says:

      She specifically said Killing Them Softly was the one that got under her skin b/c he worked directly w/ HW. Read the article.

  25. Annamarie says:

    “She was one of the first celebrities to speak out when it first happened.” In 2017? She knew for 20 years but waited until then? She told Jonny Lee Miller to spread the word to other guys? Why didn’t she spread the word to other girls? Sure, Jan.

    I actually cheered for Brangelina in the beginning because I thought Aniston was just in that marriage for the publicity. But let’s face it, Angie is just not a girl’s girl. I remember watching the Golden Globes one year and at the end when the stars get up and start mingling, Angie goes to the Clint Eastwood table and greets him and Clint’s wife (I forgot her name) sticks out her hand and tries to talk to her and Angie completely ignores her and greets the next man. The look on Clint’s wife face was priceless.

    But I do admire her humanitarian efforts.

    • Coco says:

      Your comment is so transparent it’s not even funny. Yet another one who doesn’t read she said she told women about Harvey back in the 2017 interview and in this article so what are you going on about. Not to mention “girls girl what are you 10”.

      • Annamarie says:

        Calm down Coco.

        I’m sure you’ll find a lot of pictures of her greeting other women on red carpets and pap shots. That Golden Globes was an unguarded moment and watching that took me aback. I think she has many female friends in some capacity or another but probably not many bff’s. She seems very introverted and most likely it’s hard to get close to her.

        She probably has a lot of legitimate issues with Pitt regarding their marriage but this Pitt/Weinstein thing seems contrived in my opinion.

      • Coco says:

        Like I said everything about your comment is obvious and clearly you wouldn’t know what a so called “girls girls” was if one was staring you in the face.

        Do even get me started on your BS Pitt/Weinstein comment .

    • Hmm says:

      That’s funny because there’s a photo of Angie and clints wife kissing on the Cannes film festival red carpet 👍 she has a lot of female friends as well. One called Pitt out on Twitter about Weinstein when the whole goop lie came out. Eunice is her name.

    • goofpuff says:

      @Annamarie What the heck is a “Girl’s girl”??? This kind of horrible thinking is what pits women against women. This has to stop. By your definition then because I have more men friends than women friends (I work in a heavily male dominated field so it happens), I’m not a ‘girls girl’.

      • Annamarie says:

        Maybe I shouldn’t have used the term “girl’s girl.” It’s upsetting a few people on this thread. I’m not talking about the ratio of friends that are women vs friends that are men. Some women (and we all know at least one) get along better with men than with other women. There’s nothing wrong with that and how is that pitting women against women?

      • AC says:

        @GOOFPUFF
        I am way late, but girls girl is what Chelsea H said that AJ wasn’t after BP got with her. It was juvenile then and it still it is now.

    • Sierra says:

      If YOU are a definition of a girl’s girl then I am proud to NOT be one.

    • Robyn says:

      This is a big part of why this shit continues – blaming victims for the behavior of violent men. We’re damned if we come forward and damned if we don’t. Thanks so much for your contribution to rape culture.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @annamarie, In the October 10, 2017 NYT article about Weinstein’s victims, Angelina is noted as saying(in an email):

      “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,” Ms. Jolie said in an email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/gwyneth-paltrow-angelina-jolie-harvey-weinstein.html

      Which Golden Globes are you remembering? The 2009 one their tables were right next to each other.

      Good interview.

  26. HMM says:

    She refused killing me softly promo but he used her for world war Z. That was when she had her double mastectomy and he dragged her around for promo. Also when his good friend said she was no hero or she was weak for doing the surgeries he said That’s my friend Melissa etheridge. Another dagger I’m sure. He was never loyal to her and never stood up for her or their family. It was image over his family from the beginning. His team was behind all of the tabloids that trashed her too … poor Brad was forced to run off with her because she’s a witch blah blah . I was all up in these brange threads telling y’all lol

  27. Isa says:

    Would not surprise me if he used working with Harvey as a way to punish her for something when he got mad at her.

  28. Sarah I says:

    Well, I’m team Angie all the way, and I truly hope it will be possible for her to reveal all at some time. But she isn’t being a bitch, so she may never tell all. I like her, and I root for her.

    Remember when Gwyneth accepted her Oscar for Shakesphere in love? I can’t forget how hard she cried during her speech, and it never seemed like tears of joy or being moved. I do think her dad had died recently, but I have always wondered if HW had violated her and she was forced to finish the picture and it all came out at the Oscars, and she was overcome with emotion because of his abuse. I’ve seen her say in an interview that Brad told HW he would kill him if he whatever…but there is always a “tell” they say, and her expression…she looked away just as she said Brad stood up for her. And without much conviction.

    I’ve always thought there was more to this story. And I really hope Angie’s will come out. But it might take a while or never come from her. There are still 6 other sources though.

    I came from an abusive home, and there are parts of my childhood that I have no memory of.

  29. LMK says:

    THIS JUST MADE ME CRY AND ANGRY HOW BRAZENLY HARVEY’S DISMISSAL OF HER ABUSE, AND BRAD’S NEED TO WORK FOR THE ABUSER MADE

    The first time she felt sufficiently disrespected in the industry was of no shock: “Erm…well, no surprise, Harvey Weinstein. I worked with him when I was young.” [She was 21 and says women often play down an assault if they manage to escape as she did at the time] “If you get yourself out of the room, you think he attempted but didn’t, right? The truth is that the attempt and the experience of the attempt is an assault.”

  30. DenTom says:

    For someone so concerned about the best interests of her kids, she sure keeps bringing up their private lives in press releases.

  31. Anh says:

    Loved reading these comments. We have come a long way in the last few years. It has made me think that the MeToo movement has been worth it (when other times, progress has seemed depressingly slow) in our ginormously-improved understanding of the nature of intimate partner violence and supporting survivors.

  32. Kay says:

    It was a good interview from Angelina and she was asked the questions and she answered them reluctantly. She is clearly being driven by her mother in what she does and no doubt is grieving her loss.

    Brad’s behaviour has been despicable.