Actress Salma Hayek has opened up about her experiences with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, claiming he harassed and threatened to kill her after she refused his advances.
In an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Hayek outlined how she had to say ‘no’ to Weinstein’s sexual demands throughout the years. Hayek had starred in films distributed by Weinstein’s entertainment company Miramax throughout the 1990s.
“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,” Hayek 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.”
She also said Weinstein often “raged” when she rejected his advances. “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” she recalled him saying one time.
Hayek also claimed Weinstein threatened to shut down her 2002 biopic film Frida unless she performed a sex scene with “full-frontal nudity”.
“For the first and last time in my career, I had a nervous breakdown: My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry, unable to stop, as if I were throwing up tears,” Hayek described.
She lamented the way women are treated in the film industry. “Why do we have to fight tooth and nail to maintain our dignity? I think it is because we, as women, have been devalued artistically to an indecent state, to the point where the film industry stopped making an effort to find out what female audiences wanted to see and what stories we wanted to tell.”
Dozens of actresses, including Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow have also accused Weinstein of rape, sexual harassment or assault. Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” all accounts of non-consensual sexual activity.