Salma Hayek Pens Op-Ed About Harvey Weinstein

Salma Hayek is breaking her silence about Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times op-ed in which the star details his inappropriate behaviour and repeated sexual demands while making the 2002 Oscar-winning film ‘Frida’.

In her piece, Hayek admits she initially "didn't consider my voice important, nor did I think it would make a difference." But she now confesses, "For years, he was my monster."

She added: “When so many women came forward to describe what Harvey had done to them, I had to confront my cowardice and humbly accept that my story, as important as it was to me, was nothing but a drop in an ocean of sorrow and confusion.

“I felt that by now nobody would care about my pain — maybe this was an effect of the many times I was told, especially by Harvey, that I was nobody.

“We are finally becoming conscious of a vice that has been socially accepted and has insulted and humiliated millions of girls like me, for in every woman there is a girl.

“I am inspired by those who had the courage to speak out, especially in a society that elected a president who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than a dozen women and whom we have all heard make a statement about how a man in power can do anything he wants to women.

“Well, not anymore.”

"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," she writes.

"I had to resort to using lawyers, not by pursuing a sexual harassment case, but by claiming 'bad faith,' as I had worked so hard on a movie that he was not intending to make or sell back to me," she writes.

Once filming began, she claims the sexual harassment stopped but the rage escalated and demands continued.

"He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman," she writes. "And he demanded full-frontal nudity."

Hayek says she gave in to his request, but struggled to film the scene.

"My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry," she writes. "It was not because I would be naked with another woman. It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein ... I had to take a tranquilizer, which eventually stopped the crying but made the vomiting worse."

"I hope that adding my voice to the chorus of those who are finally speaking out will shed light on why it is so difficult, and why so many of us have waited so long," she explained. "Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can.""I hope that adding my voice to the chorus of those who are finally speaking out will shed light on why it is so difficult, and why so many of us have waited so long," she explained. "Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can."

A spokesperson on behalf of Harvey Weinstein responded to Salma Hayek’s piece. “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 said.
“While Jennifer Lopez was interested in playing Frida and at the time was a bigger star, Mr. Weinstein overruled other investors to back Salma as the lead,” it said.

“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,” the statement said. “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.”

-Devashree Goenka