Gwyneth Paltrow spoke with David Letterman just before the Thanksgiving holiday in 1998. The actress didn’t much want to be there, since it required her to travel to California “on Thanksgiving” to be with her scattered family. Paltrow said to Letterman, “but I’m here for you” as the crowd cheered. Letterman knew her appearance wasn’t all for him. “Are you here of your own free will? Did anyone coerce you?” he asked.
Paltrow responded: “Do you count Harvey Weinstein as a coercer?” Letterman had some fun with the image of Weinstein as the heavy (“I don’t know if he’s in some kind of organized crime now,” Letterman said.) Paltrow* went on: “I do all my movies for Harvey Weinstein. That’s Miramax, for all of you. I’m lucky to do them there. But he will coerce you to do a thing or two.”
*Paltrow has told a story that Weinstein groped her early in her career, but he stopped after her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt warned him never to do it again.