Paltrow calls Pitt's heroism "fantastic" and says "he's the best" ... before revealing why she didn't marry Ben Affleck.
"It was the equivalent of throwing [Weinstein] against the wall, energetically," Paltrow told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show Wednesday. "[Pitt] said [to him], 'If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.' Or something like that."
"It was so fantastic, because what he did was he leveraged his fame and power to protect me at a time when I didn’t have fame or power yet," she continued. "He's the best."
After she was hired for the 1996 film "Emma," Paltrow was called into a meeting in the media mogul's hotel room in Beverly Hills. Weinstein had suggested that they go get massages in his bedroom.
"We had one incident in a hotel room where he tried to make a pass at me," she told Stern. "It was weird. I was alone in a room with him. It was out of the blue. I was blindsided. I was shocked."
Paltrow, who was in her early 20s at the time of the incident, explained that she was "shaken" by the whole thing and told Pitt immediately. At the time, she had two movies lined up with Weinstein, and was therefore terrified to stand up to him.
"I thought he was going to fire me," she told the New York Times in October. "He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal."
The "Iron Man" star also told Stern how she was hesitant at first to go on the record for the New York Times exposé, because at the time the "floodgates hadn't opened" yet. Of course we now know that Paltrow's account was just the tip of the iceberg, as over 50 women have accused Weinstein of some sort of sexual harassment or misconduct.
Later in the show, she also talked about her relationship with Ben Affleck and why she decided he wasn't husband material. "It's interesting I think there's certain boyfriends where you are trying to work stuff out, right? Like you're trying to heal certain stuff from your childhood and he was very much a lesson in that way," she explained. "He ... I'm not sure exactly what I was trying to heal in that instance but it was, he was, ya know, it was specific."
She spoke about Affleck on Stern's show back in 2015 too, adding, "He's really, really talented and so funny, but he was not in a good place in his life to have a girlfriend. I think [her parents] were OK with the two of us not being together. When you're a kid, you tend to be more shallow and you're also immature, so you think that being with a good looking person validates you in some kind of way. It's not true."