Brad Pitt, who was dating Paltrow at the time, confronted Weinstein about the debacle at a Hollywood party around 1995, a source tells PEOPLE.
“Brad threatened Harvey,” “He got right in his face, poked him in the chest and said, ‘You will not ever do this to Gwyneth ever again.’ “
“ He made it clear there would be consequences” if Weinstein tried anything again, and “described it as giving Harvey a ‘Missouri whooping.’”
“He made it absolutely clear this was not going to happen again and it didn’t,” explains the source.
“At first Harvey tried to explain, then he stopped and listened and got the message.”
The source notes that Pitt was not yet a major star at the time, and was “taking a big risk” by confronting Weinstein: “He was a young guy in Hollywood taking a chance.”
Still, the source says, “He’s one of the only men in Hollywood who stood up and said something. That’s a fact.”
After the confrontation, Paltrow told the NYT that Weinstein called her and threatened her not to speak to anyone else about it. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she told the paper. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal.”