In one of the most vivid accounts yet of Harvey Weinstein's alleged abuse and harassment, Salma Hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida," into a nightmare after the actress refused Weinstein's relentless advances. Her refusals — of massages, showers and sex — enraged him, she wrote. Hayek, who regularly starred in films released by Weinstein's Miramax in the s, credited Weinstein with helping her start her career.
Salma Hayek has added her voice to the growing chorus of women speaking out about Harvey Weinsteinsaying he "is my monster too. In a new New York Times op-ed piece, Hayek wrote about her experience making "Frida," her film about famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlowhich she produced and starred in for Weinstein's now-former company Miramax. After Weinstein said yes to making the film, she wrote, "It would become my turn to say no.
Actress and filmmaker Salma Hayek has added her voice to the chorus of women who have accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual and professional coercion. In an essay published in the New York Times on Wednesday, Hayek described the brutal, hard-fought process of making Fridaher biopic of the artist Frida Kahlowhich was produced by Miramax and ended up winning two Oscars—but not before Weinstein subjected Hayek to extensive emotional abuse, sexual harassment, and even a death threat in the course of producing the movie. No to letting him watch me take a shower.
Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster. This fall, I was approached by reporters, through different sources, including my dear friend Ashley Judd, to speak about an episode in my life that, although painful, I thought I had made peace with. I had brainwashed myself into thinking that it was over and that I had survived; I hid from the responsibility to speak out with the excuse that enough people were already involved in shining a light on my monster. In reality, I was trying to save myself the challenge of explaining several things to my loved ones: Why, when I had casually mentioned that I had been bullied like many others by HarveyI had excluded a couple of details.
In a searing personal essay for The New York Timesactress Salma Hayek writes that she too has several awful stories to share about Harvey Weinstein. At one point, Weinstein even allegedly threatened her life. Though the experience took a toll on her, Hayek kept the allegations to herself for years.
Her career kicked off in when director Robert Rodriguez took a chance on the dark-eyed brunette soap star from Mexico by casting her in his film Desperado. It was during the filming of Frida that she claims Harvey acted inappropriately to her. In a piece for the New York TimesSalma alleged that she was sexually harassed by Weinstein while filming the film Frida.
Frida is a American biographical drama film directed by Julie Taymor. It depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Frida received generally positive reviews from critics, and won two Academy Awards for Best Makeup and Best Original Score among six nominations.
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The year-old producer responded in a statement through his rep Wednesday after Hayek accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, including the demanding of a "senseless" lesbian sex scene in the film, which Weinstein's company Miramax produced. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming," the rep said, according to Deadline. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush.