Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the first stars to come out with allegations against Harvey Weinstein last year, saying that the former movie mogul had once tried to lure her to a hotel room and asked her to massage him.

Gwyneth said at the time that her then boyfriend Brad Pitt was furious over what happened but she has now said that she believes Harvey Weinstein was 'scared' of Brad Pitt.

The Oscar-winning actress said how the incident happened just as Paltrow had signed onto 'Emma' and 'Shakespeare in Love' with Weinstein's studio.

After Pitt find out, he approached Weinstein at the opening night of Hamlet on Broadway and said "If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you."

"It was great," Paltrow said back in May in an interview with Howard Stern. "It was the equivalent of throwing him against the wall, energetically."

In a recent interview with Marie Claire UK, the actress said: "I am so grateful to Brad. Because he leveraged his power and fame to protect me – when I was no one – and he scared Harvey.

"And if it hadn’t been for him, I don’t know if I’d have gotten fired, or what. But instead, Harvey was like, 'OK, let’s put it behind us'. I think he wanted to keep Brad on side."

About 87 women have made accusations against Weinstein, 66 for sexual assault, which the disgraced movie mogul continues to deny.