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Salma Hayek: 'Weinstein Is My Monster Too'

Salma Hayek: 'Weinstein Is My Monster Too'
Salma Hayek attends the 75th Anniversary of The Golden Globe Awards at Catch LA on Nov. 15, 2017, in West Hollywood, California. (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 13 December 2017 05:08 PM

Salma Hayek opened up about her experience with Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed for The New York Times on Tuesday in which she wrote wrote the film producer harassed and bullied her repeatedly during the making of the Oscar-winning 2002 movie "Frida."

Hayek was approached by reporters about Weinstein in the fall, but she had "brainwashed" herself into thinking she had forgiven him, she wrote in the article titled "Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too," for behavior that she said included asking for and offering her sexual favors, angry outbursts, and threats during the filming and production of the movie.

After considering her state of mind and seeing other stories about Weinstein, Hayek came to feel she was "trying to save myself the challenge of explaining" to her loved ones why she hadn't told the whole story about her experience with Weinstein and why she had been cordial with him in spite of everything. 

She took her feelings of shame at having to admit the extent of what had happened as a signal that she may not have resolved things as well as she thought, Hayek wrote.

She used the piece to encourage others not to let anyone make them feel like "a nobody," and in it described many repeated attempts by Weinstein to coerce her into massages, shared showers, and oral sex, as well as the rage her repeated refusals seemed to create in him. 

She recounts being dragged out of a gala, having to fight to keep her part in "Frida" when he tried to give it to another actress, and having to meet a list of nearly impossible demands about the film. She also said he told her, "I will kill you, don’t think I can’t."

Weinstein also required Hayek to do a sex scene involving nudity with another woman for "Frida," which she says caused her to have a breakdown and need to take a tranquilizer to complete the scene, "not because I would be naked with another woman," but because Weinstein had forced the situation, she said in the Times piece. 

Hayek's article got widespread support on Twitter from others in Hollywood and from fans. 

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In a New York Times op-ed, Salma Hayek writes about her experience with Harvey Weinstein, whom she says harassed and bullied her repeatedly during the making of "Frida."
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