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Salma Hayek Details Harvey Weinstein’s Sexual Harassment Of Her, Says He Once Threatened to Kill Her

December 13, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek has gone on record with her account of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harrassment of her over the years in a new op-ed piece. Hayek wrote a piece for the New York Times titled “Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too,” in which the Oscar nominee says the disgraced studio mogul harassed her for years and threatened to kill her at one point.

Hayek says in the piece that when she was an up-and-coming actress, Weinstein asked her to show with him, allow him to watch her shower, give her oral sex and more. Many of the allegations mirror the multiple claims made against Weinstein by dozens of women over the years.

Hayek said that Weinstein would become livid when she said “no” to his demands, writing, “The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, ‘I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.'”

She added, ‘The absurdity of his demands went from getting a furious call in the middle of the night asking me to fire my agent for a fight he was having with him about a different movie with a different client to 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 and some women I thought were models but I was told later were high-priced prostitutes.’

She also says that Weinstein theatened to destroy her career. When she made it clear that she wouldn’t acquiesce, he offered her role in Frida, which she had researched and developed, to another actress. He changed his turn after she got lawyers involved but gave a list of demands including a rewrite of the script at no additional fee, raising $10 million to finance it, getting an A-List director and casting four of the smaller roles with prominent actors.

She goes on to say that after she did so, Weinstein constantly berated her about her work on the film (which she also produced). “He told me that the only thing I had going for me was my sex appeal and that there was none of that in this movie. So he told me he was going to shut down the film because no one would want to see me in that role,” she writes, saying that Weinstein would only continue if she did a sex scene with Ashley Judd with full-frontal nudity.

Weinstein later told he the film was not good enough for a theatrical release and would go straight to video. Director Julie Taymor fought for the film and got Weinstein to agree to a one-theater release if it scored the remarkably high test score of eighty on its first screening. It received an 85 and, after it caught on, became an Oscar-nominated film including a Best Actress nomination for Hayek.

She said, “Even though Frida eventually won him two Oscars, I still didn’t see any joy. He never offered me a starring role in a movie again. The films that I was obliged to do under my original deal with Miramax were all minor supporting roles.”

Weinstein has several investigations against him by police in sexual assault allegations currently.