Film producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual abuse by numerous women. Actress Salma Hayek is the latest woman to come forward, revealing in an op-ed for The New York Times about ongoing harassment she experienced from the Hollywood mogul.
"Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster," she said.
The actress opened up about wanting to collaborate with Weinstein on her movie "Frida": "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. It was everything that Frida was to me and everything I aspired to be."
The partnership proved predatory according to Hayek. She said that Weinstein continually pushed her to be sexy in the role, pressuring her to do a sex scene with another woman. She recounted being physically ill doing the scene, feeling she was performing for the producer.
Similar to other victims' accounts, Hayek said Weinstein would also show up unannounced at her hotel and often proposition her sexually.
"Little did I know it would become my turn to say no. 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," she said.
She said that Weinstein tried to sabotage the film, which led to two Oscars, often.
“I will kill you, don’t think I can’t," he allegedly told her. "In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasn’t even a person. I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body."
In early October, Weinstein was fired from his post at The Weinstein Company, which he co-founded, following allegations from several actresses. Recently, a group of women in New York City filed a class-action lawsuit against him.
Weinstein has previously denied claims of nonconsensual sex, and his spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, said in a statement that “any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
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