Actress Salma Hayek said Wednesday Harvey Weinstein threatened to shut down production of movie “Frida” unless “I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman.”
Before she gave into Weinstein’s demand, Hayek wrote that he allegedly stalked her, pressured her repeatedly for sex, and made other inappropriate requests backed-up by threats.
According to Hayek, Weinstein told her “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”
The NY Times published a piece by Hayek about her encounter with Weinstein calling him “my monster too.”
I knew him a little bit through my relationship with the director Robert Rodriguez and the producer Elizabeth Avellan, who was then his wife, with whom I had done several films and who had taken me under their wing. All I knew of Harvey at the time was that he had a remarkable intellect, he was a loyal friend and a family man.
Knowing what I know now, I wonder if it wasn’t my friendship with them — and Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney — that saved me from being raped.
Hayek brought Weinstein, the film Frida, her passion project, in which she starred and which she co-produced. The film got six Oscars nominations. It won two. Weinstein used his leverage over the movie to make inappropriate requests.
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.
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 …
If Weinstein couldn’t have her off-screen, then he’ll have her on-screen.
“And he demanded full-frontal nudity,” Hayek wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times. “It was clear to me he would never let me finish this movie without him having his fantasy one way or another. There was no room for negotiation. I had to say yes.”
Hayek said she was a wreck and needed to take a tranquilizer to get through the lesbian scene.
“It was not because I would be naked with another woman,” she wrote. “It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein.”
Rose McGowan who has accused Weinstein of raping her tweeted her support for Hayek. Rose writing, “Salma, I’d heard whispers for years. I’m so sorry they were true. All we wanted to do was create art and put food on the table. That’s it. Instead, we got the Monster from Hell. We deserved so much more from those we paid to protect us. Love to you.”
The studio Weinstein founded fired him back in October over sexual assault and rape allegations. NBC News confirms that authorities are investigating him in London, New York City, and Los Angeles.