Salma Hayek, one of Hollywood’s glamorous A-Listers, revealed in a shocking expose her decade-long battle to fend off Harvey Weinstein’s advances. It even spilled over into her 2002 film “Frieda” leading to a forced nude scene. WTF?!
More than 80 women have charged Weinstein with sexual assault, bullying and even rape over the course of his Hollywood career.
Weinstein allegedly pressured actresses to take showers with him, give him naked massages, perform oral sex or have intercourse, always with the implied understanding that their careers would benefit by it.
But this is the first incident where Weinstein’s sexual appetite had a direct impact on what moviegoers saw on the big screen.
Hayek said she faced the same demands for years, all of which she rejected until she began filming her pet project about early 20th century surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Weinstein pestered her to let him watch her shower, watch a naked friend massage her or perform oral sex on her, according to bombshell account in The New York Times.
Finally, he decided to use the movie to subjugate her sexually, she recounts.
Hayek said she was forced to jump through countless hoops to complete work, which she described as “her dream project.”
But Weinstein refused to release the picture unless she performed a naked lesbian sex scene for the movie.
“When he was finally convinced that I was not going to earn the movie the way he had expected, he told me he had offered my role and my script with my years of research to another actress. And for the first and last time in my career, I had a nervous breakdown: My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry, unable to stop, as if I were throwing up tears. It was not because I would be naked with another woman. It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein. But I could not tell them then.”
She says she got through the scene by taking a tranquilizer.
The allegations prompted Weinstein to issue a statement responding to directly allegations for the first time since the scandal broke in October.
“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,”l he insisted.
He said he could not recall pressuring her to do a gratuitous sex scene.
Hayek also recounted Weinstein’s notoriously inflamatory temper. “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” he once screamed at her.
In another incident of his brutishness, she recalled an incident at the 2002 Venice Film Festival.
“[Weinstein] 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 joins a long list of A-list actresses, including Gwyenth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and others, who have had similar experiences.
Weinstein is currently in rehab.