Salma Hayek Details Her Own Harvey Weinstein Ordeal

'I will kill you, don’t think I can’t'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2017 3:10 PM CST
Salma Hayek writes of 'my monster,' Harvey Weinstein.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Salma Hayek joins the long list of women in Hollywood accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct with a searing op-ed in the New York Times. "For years, he was my monster," she writes. Looking back, she now thinks it was only her friendship with the likes of Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney "that saved me from being raped." Still, she recounts a long list of "no's" she had to use. "No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly," she writes, before ticking off several more: "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."

Much of the op-ed deals with her harrowing account of dealing with Weinstein as she was making Frida, the 2002 biopic of Frida Kahlo, for his Miramax studio. The film, and Hayek herself, would be go on to be widely acclaimed, but she writes that Weinstein constantly belittled her as an actress and producer during the shoot. He often complained that nobody would want to see it because she didn't look sexy enough. At one point, he threatened to kill the film unless she did a nude scene with another woman. She recalls being physically sick the day of that shoot. "It was not because I would be naked with another woman," she writes. "It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein. But I could not tell them then." Click to read her full piece, in which she says Weinstein once told her in a rage, “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”

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