In an op-ed for The New York Times, Salma Hayek described Harvey Weinstein as a “monster” who constantly sexually harassed her and even threatened to kill her.
According to her article, she spent years saying ‘no’ to the disgraced producer following his extreme predatory behaviour and constant demands for sexual activity…
“No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn’t even involved with,” she wrote.
“No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman.
“I don’t think he hated anything more than the word ‘no.’”
Salma continued to say that every refusal was met with “Harvey’s Machiavellian rage”, and one incident allegedly even involved a death threat.
In an “attack of fury”, he allegedly said, “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”
Salma went on to explain the challenges she faced while working with him on the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic, Frida, which she starred in and produced.
Weinstein reportedly made outrageous demands when she brought the film to Miramax to distribute, including rewrites, further financing and a sex scene with full frontal nudity.
Although Salma agreed for the sake of her movie, she recalled having “a nervous breakdown” while shooting the scene…
“My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry, unable to stop, as if I were throwing up tears,” she recalled.
“I had to take a tranquilizer, which eventually stopped the crying but made the vomiting worse. As you can imagine, this was not sexy, but it was the only way I could get through the scene.
“It was not because I would be naked with another woman, it was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein.”
Harvey Weinstein’s spokesperson, Holly Baird, has issued a statement regarding Salma’s account of events…
“Mr. Weinstein regards Salma Hayek as a first-class actress and cast her in several of his movies, among them Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Dogma, and Studio 54. He was very proud of her Best Actress Academy Award nomination for Frida and continues to support her work,” the statement read.
“Mr. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming. However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene in the movie was choreographed by Ms. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush. The original uni-brow used was an issue because it diverted attention from the performances.
“All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired.”