Salma Hayek "Felt Ashamed" for Not Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein Earlier

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek "Felt Ashamed" for Not Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein Earlier

Hayek first detailed the sexual harassment she allegedly experienced at the hands of Weinstein in a lengthy op-ed for The New York Times back in December, describing what she says she went through during the making of her 2002 Miramax film, "Frida".

She has previously revealed in the NY times that Weinstein, who is accused of raping, sexually abusing and harassing dozens of actresses, once threatened to kill her and had pressured her into filming a nude sex scene with a female co-star. Hayek Pinault said that, during the making of her 2002 film Frida, about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Weinstein had told the film's director, Julie Taymor: "I am going to break the kneecaps of that 'C-word'". "But I felt like my pain was so small compared to all the other stories".

Hayek revealed that it took her months to write her original op-ed, and she would cry every time she picked up a pen. She recounted to the Times that when she rebuffed his sexual advances, he became enraged and made her existence on-set almost intolerable. "I started crying because [I had PTSD]". 'And then I felt ashamed that I was a coward.

"I was on set with Reese Witherspoon, who has since spoken out. and some other actresses, who haven't spoken out, so I won't say who they were, and this was like two days after the Harvey scandal had broken in The New York Times", Winfrey said. The producer forced her to do a gratuitous sex scene for Frida with fellow accuser Ashley Judd, and the actress broke down on set.

She continued: "Since those around me had no knowledge of my history of Harvey, they were very surprised by my struggle that morning. I handled it really well.and maybe that's why he didn't rape me".

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Hayek went on to admit that her good friend, Penelope Cruz, was "furious at me because I never told her anything".

On Wednesday evening's "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations" podcast, Salma Hayek revealed to Oprah Winfrey some seriously frightening details during her time working with Harvey Weinstein. "But I could not tell them then". The abuse of being constantly underminded because we're women.

Salma said alleged victims had to stop apologizing for being attacked and spoke about the Time's Up movement, created in response to the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood, saying, "I think that sometimes we underestimate our efforts. and the power that it has for change". I thought, "There's no point for me to talk because it happens to everyone"'. I thought of my daughter. Mr. Weinstein never fought with Ms. Hayek on set and this comment does not reflect how he feels about her; he doesn't recall ever saying such an bad thing.

Weinstein denied Hayek's claims of sexual and emotional harassment.

Salma Hayek and Oprah speak onstage during "Oprah's Super Soul Conversations" at The Apollo Theater on February 7, 2018 in NY.

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