Salma Hayek makes startling claim about Harvey Weinstein from her time filming 'Frida'
Emboldened by the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, more and more women - from the entertainment industry and beyond - have come forward to share their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse. Following the maelstrom that ensued after the New York Times published their exposé on disgraced film producer, Harvey Weinstein, (who has now had over 90 women make allegations of sexual misconduct against him) investigations have also been launched against his peers, including Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Mario Testino, James Franco and Michael Douglas.
But while we have not heard much from the former Miramax boss since the allegations first came out, police in London and New York have been actively investigating the allegations of sexual offences made against Weinstein, some of which date back decades. His silence, however, and the ensuing police investigation has not stopped more accusations from pouring in. In fact, actress Salma Hayek has once again spoken out about the abuse she endured at the hands of Weinstein in a recent interview with Oprah.
After alleging that she was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein, Salma Hayek has spoken out about the defamed film mogul once more. During an interview with Oprah, the 51-year-old actress claimed that Weinstein threatened her with physical violence while she was working on the film, Frida, for which she was Oscar nominated.
Opening up to the former talk show host during Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations, she said, "He told me he wanted to kill me. He said to [Frida director] Julie Taymor, 'I am going to break the kneecaps of that c word'".
And after Hayek repeatedly rebuffed the formerly esteemed producer, he purportedly told her, "I will kill you, don’t think I can’t."
In an editorial published in the New York Times, the From Dusk Till Dawn actress detailed the many times she refused to engage with Weinstein's unsolicited advances. "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. No, no, no, no, no."
The mother-of-one also spoke of her shame about not speaking out earlier. She stated that she was initially contacted by the New York Times to see if she would be part of the first story - but turned them down. Hayek explained, "[The Times] contacted me to be a part of the first story, and already by this contact, there was all this turmoil and I started crying when they asked and I ended up not doing it. And then I felt ashamed that I was a coward."
"I was supporting women for two decades, and then I was a coward. When the information about Harvey came out, I was ashamed I didn’t say anything. But I felt like my pain was so small compared to all the other stories."
In December, the 65-year-old denied Hayek's initial allegations. A statement issued on his behalf read, "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. By Mr Weinstein’s own admission, his boorish behaviour following a screening of Frida was prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie".