Harvey Weinstein has responded to actress Salma Hayek’s allegations which were made against the producer yesterday.
Joining dozens of women who’ve come out and accused the former Hollywood mogul of sexual assault and harassment, Hayek said she was pestered several times for sexual favours and was forced into doing a lesbian scene by Harvey Weinstein.
Having been reluctant to speak out about her experiences because she’d ‘brainwashed’ herself into believing it ‘was over’, Hayek was inspired by the numerous other brave women who’ve revealed their shocking stories about sexual harassment within Hollywood.
Writing about how he plagued her mostly during the production of Frida, Hayek admitted his reputation preceded him but she was naively excited to work with the famed producer.
Little did I know it would be my turn to say no.
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.
The post continued:
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. No, no, no, no, no…
And with every refusal came Weinstein’s Machiavellian rage.
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’.
He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman. And he demanded full-frontal nudity.
Weinstein has now responded to the claims denying them all, with his spokesperson, Holly Baird, telling USA Today:
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.
Mr. Weinstein did not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star and he was not there for the filming.
However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene in the movie was choreographed by Ms. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush.
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.
Weinstein has also denied all other allegations which have been made by 40 other women.
He’s said all sexual acts were consensual.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.