Salma Hayek 'Felt Ashamed' For Delaying Her Weinstein Story

Carla Harmon
February 9, 2018

On Wednesday evening's "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations" podcast, Salma Hayek revealed to Oprah Winfrey some seriously frightening details during her time working with Harvey Weinstein.

Unfortunately for Hayek, though, that sense of solidarity among other women was accompanied by a sense of personal shame, as she told Oprah Winfrey on the Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations podcast in NY on Wednesday, in what was at first meant to be a conversation about the #MeToo movement at large.

Hayek Pinault explained to Winfrey why she had not been part of the Times' initial wave of allegations against Weinstein, and published her essay two months after the story first broke.

"When the information about Harvey came out, I was ashamed I didn't say anything".

"I felt like my pain was so small compared with that of others", she said, adding that she had not even told her husband or friends like Penelope Cruz and Robert Rodriguez about the alleged mistreatment.


Speaking to Oprah, the star revealed that she initially struggled to write the essay, and nearly didn't do it because the experience was so emotionally distressing. A spokesperson for Weinstein denied her allegations, saying in a statement at the time: "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". "I started crying because [I had PTSD]".

She added: "I was ashamed I didn't say anything. I was supporting women for two decades, and then I was a coward".

Now with women like Hayek speaking up, we like to think future generations will be more prepared to handle and shut down Weinstein-like abusers for good.

"Harvey, he had a lot of respect for me".

After Weinstein, at the peak of his producing power, said yes to the passion project of Hayek - then a relative unknown - she said: "It would become my turn to say no". "And maybe that's why he didn't rape me".


In her harrowing article, Hayek described a traumatising experience on the set of Frida where she felt forced to do to a sex scene with another woman, which included full-frontal nudity, just to get Weinstein to continue making the movie. "I thought of the shame (sic)".

'He told me, 'I'm going to kill you, " she told Winfrey on Wednesday. He said to [Frida director] Julie Taymor, "I am going to break the kneecaps of that c word"'.

"I didn't know there was so many women". I don't want us to go from victims to angry.

"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".

Nevertheless, Mr. Weinstein deeply apologizes to Ms. Hayek for any pain she has suffered as a result of his behavior or comments.


Salma Hayek and Oprah speak onstage during "Oprah's Super Soul Conversations" at The Apollo Theater on February 7, 2018 in NY.

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