Brad Pitt reportedly threatened Harvey Weinstein with a ‘Missouri whooping’ years ago

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Brad Pitt threatened to beat up Harvey Weinstein following his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow told him that the film mogul had sexually harassed her.

Paltrow is one of dozens of women coming forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, telling the New York Times that the film mogul made unwanted advances towards her in a hotel room when she was 22. The encounter, which she says occurred after Weinstein hired her for the lead role in Emma, allegedly ended with him placing his hands on her and suggesting a massage.

Pitt, who had been dating Paltrow at the moment, confronted Weinstein regarding the incident at a Hollywood party around 1995, a source tells PEOPLE.

“Brad jeopardized Harvey,” says the source. “He got right in his face, poked him in the chest and said, ‘You won’t ever do this to Gwyneth ever again.’ ”

The source adds that Pitt “made it clear there would be consequences” if Weinstein attempted anything, and “described it as giving Harvey a ‘Missouri whooping.'” (Pitt grew up in Springfield, Missouri.)

Paltrow and Weinstein in 1999.
“He made it absolutely clear this was not going to happen again and it didn’t,” explains the origin.

As for Weinstein’s response, the source says, “At first Harvey attempted to explain, he then stopped and listened and got the message.”

The source notes that Pitt wasn’t yet a significant star at the time, and was “taking a big risk” by confronting Weinstein: “He was a young guy in Hollywood taking a chance.”

Nonetheless, the source says, “He is one of the only men in Hollywood who stood up and said something. That is a fact.”

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