Weinstein threatened to kill me, says Salma Hayek


Once, after being turned down, Hayek said Weinstein threatened to kill her.

Salma Hayek's op-ed about Harvey Weinstein for the New York Times was the most damning statement yet on the former Hollywood mogul's alleged predatory behavior.

The performing artist additionally charges that Weinstein made a special effort to close down her 2002 film, Frida, a biopic about the life of Mexican craftsman Frida Kahlo, which was later selected for six Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Hayek's driving part.

"I knew him a little bit through my relationship with the director Robert Rodriguez and the producer Elizabeth Avellan, who was then his wife, with whom I had done several films and who had taken me under their wing". On another occasion, Hayek writes, Weinstein began "physically dragging me out of the opening gala of the Venice Film Festival, which was in honor of Frida, so I could hang out at his private party with him". He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman.

"I ran into him at an event, he pulled me aside and told me he had stopped smoking and he had had a heart attack".

'It was not because I would be naked with another woman, ' she wrote.

Once the filming began, Weinstein often berated the actress on set and "threatened to shut down the movie" as "the only thing I had going for me was my sex appeal and that there was none of that in this movie", Hayek wrote. When Hayek successfully met his rather ridiculous demands to get the film back up and running, he forced her into doing a sex scene with another woman, with full frontal nudity.

Hayek said she grappled with the decision to come forward with her story. "Hayek said that when she went to film the scene, ". for the first and last time in my career, I had a nervous breakdown". "No to getting naked with another woman".

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"Why do so many of us, as female artists, have to go to war to tell our stories when we have so much to offer?" She wrote that he allegedly repeatedly propositioned her to take a shower with him or let him watch her take a shower, give him a massage or let him give her oral sex, and more.

Weinstein has denied the allegations since they have emerged.

"I will kill you, don't think I can't", Hayek recounted.

Hayek's account of Weinstein's harassment and intimidation tactics falls in line with the multitude of women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

She said that when she spurned his advances, that "with every refusal came Harvey's Machiavellian rage".

Hayek's spokeswoman had no immediate comment on Wednesday.

When the film was completed, Hayek claimed Weinstein only begrudgingly gave it a tiny release, in two theaters in NY and Los Angeles, despite its very high audience test score. "And even though I had proven them wrong, I was still a nobody".

Eventually, Salma said yes to one demand. Julie Taymor wound up coordinating the motion picture, and Hayek selected Norton, Geoffrey Rush, Antonio Banderas and Ashley Judd to star in the film close by her. Today, Variety published a 20-name-long list of women in Hollywood accompanied by a brief descriptions of their experiences.