Salma Hayek tells of Harvey Weinstein 'the monster'

Carla Harmon
December 14, 2017

Actress Salma Hayek is the latest woman to come forward, revealing in an op-ed for The New York Times about ongoing harassment she experienced from the Hollywood mogul.

His accusers now include almost 70 women.

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.

Weinstein has denied the allegations since they have emerged.

Weinstein then wanted to dump the movie into one theater in NY, later acquiescing to Hayek and director Julie Taymor's request to open the film in Los Angeles as well.

For Hayek, the scene was a nightmare to shoot. "For years, he was my monster".

The disgraced producer allegedly gave Hayek an ultimatum while filming "Frida".

While he was producing her dream project, the 2002 film "Frida", Weinstein insisted that the star add an unscripted sex scene with another woman, complete with full-front nudity.

Hayek alleged that Weinstein would admonish her when she refused his propositions and even threatened to kill her.

When shooting was in progress, Hayek claims Weinstein had another arrangement of requests, including that she dispose of the unibrow, a recognizing quality of the genuine Kahlo.

She fought legally to get the production back on track but doing so came with numerous, almost impossible conditions, including a rewrite of the script, raising $10 million for financing, and casting four prominent actors in smaller roles.

What was worse than having to say so many no's, Hayek wrote, was how angry it made Weinstein.

Once filming started, Hayek said "the sexual harassment stopped but the rage escalated". "No to me cleaning up with him". No to letting him give me oral sex.

The actress described being "approached by reporters, through different sources, including my dear friend Ashley Judd, to speak about an episode in my life that, although painful, I thought I had made peace with". No to letting him watch me shower. "There was no room for negotiation".

"I trusted him. Harvey could never know how much those words meant to me". He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman.

Hayek says with the goal for her to get Weinstein to consent to make the film, he gave her a rundown of "unthinkable undertakings with a tight due date", which included revising the content at no extra cost, raising $10 million, finding an "A-rundown chief" to head up the motion picture and getting four "conspicuous performing artists" to fill the other supporting parts. "But I could not tell them then".

"I hope that adding my voice to the chorus of those who are finally speaking out will shed light on why it is so hard, and why so many of us have waited so long", Hayek wrote. Frida went on to win two Academy awards yet Hayek still wanted validation from Weinstein in some way, regardless of his treatment.

Hayek said she found comfort in "telling myself that I went to war and I won".

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