Actress Salma Hayek has described Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a rage-fuelled “monster”, alleging he sexually harassed and threatened to kill her. Writing in The New York Times, Hayek said Weinstein once told her, “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” BBC reported on Wednesday.
Many actors, including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have accused Weinstein of harassment or assault. However, he denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
BBC has approached representatives of Weinstein for a response to Hayek’s article.
“For years, he was my monster,” the Mexican-American actress wrote describing the horrific production of the 2002 movie Frida that eventually earned Hayek an Oscar nomination for best actress.
After reaching a deal for Weinstein to pay for the rights to the movie that would eventually catapult her to household fame, the now 51-year-old actress and producer said it became “my turn to say no.”
“No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location,” she wrote.
“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.”
Weinstein threatened her saying – – -“the terrifying words, ‘I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” she wrote.
Hayek said the sexual harassment stopped once filming began “but the rage escalated.”
According to her, Weinstein agreed to let her finish only if she agreed to do a sex scene with another woman, and demanded “full-frontal nudity,” she said.
When it came to shooting the scene, Hayek said she suffered a nervous breakdown and had to take a tranquiliser. When the movie was finished, Weinstein allegedly said it was not good enough for theatrical release and threatened to send it straight to video.
Frida — a critically acclaimed biopic about the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo — eventually won two Oscars and grossed more than $56 million at the box office.
“Until there is equality in our industry, with men and women having the same value in every aspect of it, our community will continue to be a fertile ground for predators,” Hayek wrote.
“Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can.”
He denied Hayek’s sexual abuse charges through a spokesperson.
“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 spokesperson said.
And “by Mr Weinstein’s own admission, his boorish behavior following a screening of ‘Frida’ was prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie — and a reason he took a firm hand in the final edit, alongside the very skilled director Julie Taymor,” the spokesperson added.