Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Salma Hayek claims that Harvey Weinstein threatened to kill her

Salma Hayek claims that Harvey Weinstein threatened to kill her

Writing for The New York Times - the same publication that chronicled the top Hollywood producer's sordid behaviour towards actresses, interns, writers, and other women who had worked under him - Salma wrote of how she first met Weinstein and how her bagging the role of actress and producer in Frida turned into a nightmare when the harassment from the producer continued for years.

However, when Hayek kept saying "No" to Weinstein's disgusting requests, no to letting him watch her take a shower, letting him give her a massage, letting a naked friend of his give her a message, letting him give her oral sex, Weinstein blackmailed Hayek.

"With every refusal came Harvey's Machiavellian rage", Hayek recalled, explaining Weinstein would make "absurd demands" as revenge for her refusals, at one point even threatening to kill her.

Hayek with her husband, Francois-Henri Pinault (left) and Harvey Weinstein. Hayek's op-ed also prompted a response from Weinstein via a statement through his spokesperson.

"The Weinstein empire, which was then Miramax, had become synonymous with quality, sophistication and risk taking - a haven for artists who were complex and defiant", she wrote.

Frida was eventually nominated for six Academy Awards, including Hayek for best actress.

"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", read the statement.

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She wrote: 'The only thing he noticed was that I was not sexy in the movie.

"However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene was choreographed by Ms. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush [who played Leon Trotsky]". "I will kill you, don't think I can't", he once screamed at her. The original uni-brow used was an issue because it diverted attention from the performances. It's one of the only times he has spoken out about the many, many allegations made against him.

"[Weinstein] 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". "It was not because I would be naked with another woman".

"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", said Hayek revealed. "I never showed Harvey how terrified I was of him", she concluded.

Hayek joins a long list of A-list actresses, including Gwyenth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and others, who have had similar experiences.

Mr Weinstein has been accused of rape, sexual assault and harassment, but has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual relationships.

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