'I WILL KILL YOU': Salma Hayek details harrowing experience with Harvey Weinstein

Danny Woods
December 15, 2017

The Desperado star has penned an op-ed for The New York Times, published on Wednesday (13Dec17), detailing how the disgraced movie mogul allegedly tried to sabotage her 2002 film Frida after she spurned his advances.

"[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".

"It was not because I would be naked with another woman", she wrote.

She fought legally to get the production back on track but doing so came with numerous, almost impossible conditions, including a rewrite of the script, raising $10 million for financing, and casting four prominent actors in smaller roles. "Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual".

"I did not care about the money; I was so excited to work with him and that company", Hayek writes.

Her refusals - of massages, showers and sex - enraged him, she wrote. "The movie opened in multiple theaters and was supported by a huge advertising campaign and an enormous Academy Awards budget".

"It was clear to me he would never let me finish this movie without him having his fantasy one way or another".

A spokesperson for Havey Weinstein said that he does not recall pressurising Hayek into doing a sexual act.

Talking about her earlier years in Hollywood she said it was Harvey who had taken a chance on her, "a nobody".

Tango When she managed to pull the film together on her own Weisntein demanded she do a nude sex scene with Ashley Judd to get the film released

"He offered me one option to continue", she wrote.

"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".

Hayek says after Weinstein was finally convinced that she would not sleep or submit to him, he threatened to give the lead to another actor.

"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", Weinstein's rep said.

Hayek said he insisted on rewrites, more financing and, most heinously to her, forced her to perform a lesbian sex scene with full frontal nudity. And there are many others, right up to the top, who I think have to be taken to task for that kind of behavior.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to representatives for Hayek, Weinstein, and Frida director Julie Taymor for comment. Hayek ultimately delivered, but Weinstein's demands did not cease, she alleges.

Salam Hayek is the latest actress to make accusations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. "He had been constantly asking for more skin, for more sex", Hayek said. "I had to say yes".

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.

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