Actress Salma Hayek pens op-ed outlining abuse by Harvey Weinstein


Ms Hayek, who was nominated for an Oscar for her iconic portrayal of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo on 2002 film Frida, spoke out yesterday about her shocking experiences of working with Weinstein - who has faced dozens of allegations of sexual assault and harassment from women in Hollywood over the past few months.

While Hayek publicly spoke about her experience with Weinstein for the first time on Wednesday, Pinault established the Kering Foundation in 2009 to fight violence against women.

Salma as Frida Kahlo in Frida.

"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", according to the statement.

Hayek wrote that Weinstein threatened to "kill" her and replace her on the film after she rejected his numerous sexual advances and demands. Saddened by what his friend is dealing with, Banderas showed his support for his dear friend: "Her integrity and honesty as a woman and as a professional make me give absolute credit to her words". The actress alleges Harvey would show up unexpectedly at her hotel room "at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location", and once on a film "he wasn't even involved with". "I confess, lost in the fog of a sort of Stockholm syndrome, I wanted him to see me as an artist".

'It was not because I would be naked with another woman, ' she wrote. No to letting him give me oral sex.

"When Harvey saw the cut film, he said it was not good enough for a theatrical release and that he would send it straight to video", Hayek wrote.

Each refusal, Hayek revealed, was met with "Harvey's Machiavellian rage". She went on to accuse him of threatening to shut Frida down unless she shot a nude sex scene with another actress. She hyperventilated on the morning of filming and couldn't stop crying; the stress of it all made her vomit, and she had to take a tranquilizer to get through it. His abuse intensified. Hayek recounts being deceived and dragged out of the "opening gala of the of the Venice Film Festival" where Frida was being honored to "hang out" at a private party with Weinstein and "some women I thought were models but I was later told were high-priced prostitutes".

What's particularly disturbing about Hayek's account is how she managed to capture the way in which Harvey's behavior reached far beyond his victims. In fact, he even threatened to kill her. "I arrived on the set the day we were to shoot the scene that I believed would save the movie". Numerous allegations mirror the multiple claims made against Weinstein by dozens of women over the years. She was "crying and convulsing" at the thought of filming it exclusively to assuage Weinstein, she writes, and started throwing up-to the point that she "had to take a tranquilizer, which eventually stopped the crying but made the vomiting worse", she writes.

Representatives for Weinstein have not yet responded to Vanity Fair's request for comment.

"I think it is because we, as women, have been devalued artistically to an indecent state, to the point where the film industry stopped making an effort to find out what female audiences wanted to see and what stories we wanted to tell".

Now, Hayek wrote, she wonders whether it was her friendships with director Quentin Tarantino and actor George Clooney that had possibly shielded her from being raped.

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