Gwyneth Paltrow has said she is grateful to her then boyfriend Brad Pitt for threatening Harvey Weinstein following an alleged incident of sexual misconduct by the now disgraced Hollywood producer.

The actress has said that when she was just 22-years-old Weinstein placed his hands on her at a hotel and suggested they go to a bedroom for massages.

Paltrow, now 46, said she told Pitt what happened and that the actor subsequently confronted Weinstein at a Broadway opening.

The actress, who married Brad Falchuk at the weekend, told Marie Claire magazine: "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."

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Paltrow and Pitt broke up in 1997, and she went on to marry and have two children with Coldplay star Chris Martin. They then split in 2014 and last weekend she and Glee co-creator Falchuk married in the Hamptons.

Talking about marriage, Paltrow told Marie Claire magazine: "I think that marriage is a really beautiful, noble and worthwhile institution, pursuit and endeavour.

"Because I don't think you get married and that's it, I think it's the beginning. You create this third entity, this third being that you have to nourish and look after.

"For a while, I thought, I don't know if I'd ever do it again. I have my kids, what's the point? And then I met this incredible man, who made me think, no, this person is worth making this commitment to. I'm very much the marrying kind.

"I love being a wife," she added. "I love making a home."