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Salma Hayek: Weinstein forced me to film lesbian sex scene and threatened to kill me

Salma Hayek: Weinstein forced me to film lesbian sex scene and threatened to kill me

Salma Hayek at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con

Salam Hayek is the latest actress to make accusations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Oscar-nominated performer penned a 2,800-word article for the New York Times entitled ‘Harvey Weinstein is my monster too’.

In it, she explains why she has been reticent to speak out before now, and how she put up with bad behavior as a little-known actress from Mexico trying to get ahead in her career in the US.

‘I felt that by now nobody would care about my pain — maybe this was an effect of the many times I was told, especially by Harvey, that I was nobody.’

Frida

She goes on to talk in detail around the making of the film Frida (2002), in which she starred as the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

A passion project for Hayek (many in Mexico regard Kahlo as a national hero and icon), she says Weinstein supported her starring in the movie.

However, Hayek says there was a price to pay. She repeatedly had to turn down his alleged advances.

‘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 …’

Saying no would provoke rage, culminating with Weinstein once allegedly telling her, ‘I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.’

Sex scene

The two continued to clash over the filming of Frida, including disagreements on the set during the shoot.

‘He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman. And he demanded full-frontal nudity.

‘He had been constantly asking for more skin, for more sex. Once before, Julie Taymor [the director] got him to settle for a tango ending in a kiss instead of the lovemaking scene he wanted us to shoot between the character Tina Modotti, played by Ashley Judd, and Frida.

‘But this time, 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.’

Hayek says because she’d invested so much time and effort into the movie, and so many other people were now involved, she felt she had no option but to agree to the ‘senseless scene.’

‘I had to say yes. By now so many years of my life had gone into this film.’

Weinstein reacts

Weinstein, through a spokesperson, has said he ‘does not recall’ pressuring the actress to film the sex scenes.

‘Mr. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star and he was not there for the filming,’ reports Deadline.

‘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.’

The spokesperson says Weinstein had battled for Hayek to get the lead role in Frida, overruling over investors in the movie.

‘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.’

The full statement can be read at Deadline.

Wave of accusations

This is believed to the be the first time Weinstein has publicly responded to accusations of sexual misconduct and bullying since he denied claims made by Lupita Nyong’o.

Hayek and Nyong’o are just two of the dozens of women who have now made accusations against Weinstein. The scandal broke in early October when the New York Times ran a detailed story detailing decades of allegations.

Weinstein at first apologized for causing ‘a lot of pain’ but denied harassment or ever having non-consensual sex with anybody. He stepped down from his position at the Weinstein Company and has since been seeking therapy and treatment.