Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress Salma Hayek reveals some painful experiences with Harvey Weinstein in a guest column published Tuesday by The New York Times — including saying the disgraced film mogul threatened to kill her.
In the opinion piece running under the headline “Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too,” Hayek writes: “The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, ‘I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.’”
Hayek writes about having to reject a series of requests from Weinstein such as taking a shower with him, letting him watch her take a shower, getting naked with another woman, letting a naked friend of his give her a massage and letting him give her oral sex.
“And with every refusal came Harvey’s Machiavellian rage,” Hayek writes. “I don’t think he hated anything more than the word ‘no.’ The absurdity of his demands went from getting a furious call in the middle of the night asking me to fire my agent for a fight he was having with him about a different movie with a different client to physically dragging me out of the opening gala of the Venice Film Festival, which was in honor of ‘Frida,’ so I could hang out at his private party with him and some women I thought were models but I was told later were high-priced prostitutes.”
Hayek describes being eventually coerced by Weinstein into doing things she did not want to do, and talks about the underlying gender inequity in Hollywood that she says is responsible for the behavior of Weinstein and others. We encourage readers to click on the link above to The New York Times to read her poignant column.