Salma Hayek: 'Harvey Weinstein threatened to break my knee caps'

Salma Hayek: 'Harvey Weinstein threatened to break my knee caps'

It wasn't super great-Salma Hayek came forward in the New York Times about her personal experience working with Harvey Weinstein during the making of 2002's Frida.

Eventually, however, Hayek penned an op-ed in December for the New York Times where she detailed Weinstein's alleged continual harassment, which began after Weinstein's former company Miramax produced "Frida", Hayek's 2002 film about famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, which she produced and starred in.

She added: "I was ashamed I didn't say anything. I was supporting women for two decades, and then I was a coward".

"I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly, and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I've been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier", she said.

She recounted in The Times that Weinstein threatened to kill her and pressured her into filming a nude sex scene with a female co-star.

The full statement from a spokesperson for Weinstein stated: 'As in most collaborative projects, there was creative friction on "Frida", and in this case, it served to drive the project to perfection.




"She went on: "[Weinstein] was not the first guy to do this to me. "But I could not tell them then". "I handled it really well", Hayek said, regarding Weinstein's monstrous behavior.

Hayek needn't have felt this way: Uma Thurman, for one, waited until this month to tell her story, because she couldn't until now eloquently express her anger. "And then when so the women came out".

Hayek told Oprah she "felt like [her] pain was so small compared to all the other stories", though she certainly bared the brunt of Weinstein's tyrannical on-set harassment, like many other women. "Did something happen to you?' Nobody said anything at the time". It wasn't an easy process and Mr. Weinstein apologizes for the way he may have approached the situation. However, his conflict was with Julie Taymor not Ms. Hayek.

The Guardian has requested comment from Weinstein.

Over the 20 years plus since the movie's success, Ms. Hayek and Mr. Weinstein's daughters have had play dates, their families have enjoyed time together when running into each other on vacations, and the two have had dinners where they pitched and discussed projects such as Ms. Hayek asking Harvey to distribute her movie Evelyn and Mr. Weinstein pitching her a remake of The Lives of Others with Penelope Cruz about a South American dictatorship.

Salma Hayek Pinault, left, and Oprah Winfrey onstage during Oprah's Super Soul Conversations at the Apollo Theater in New York City. (It should be pointed out that Weinstein took advantage of her sense of powerlessness by repeatedly telling her that she was a "nobody", which is its own kind of devastating abuse.) But her story is certainly brutal, nonetheless.

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