Yesterday, actress and producer Salma Hayek, 51, penned for The New York Times a column in which she describes disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein as “her monster, too”.
Today, in a rare public statement, Weinstein has denied Hayek’s allegations and said he “continues to support her work”.
Lines upon lines of text in Hayek’s article detail how Weinstein, now 65, allegedly pushed himself upon her sexually when they worked together 14 years ago – asking for blow jobs; propositioning showers; requesting massages.
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Not just this, but also how when Hayek said ‘no’, she said he used everything in his power to prevent her from producing and acting in the film that she had created from scratch – that he had agreed to produce – Frida.
The abuse culminated when Weinstein allegedly demanded Hayek perform a lesbian sex scene with fellow actress Ashley Judd – one of the first women to speak out with allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein in October.
In the scene, Weinstein demanded full-frontal nudity, Hayek wrote. She felt she had no option but to say ‘yes’.
“I arrived on the set the day we were to shoot the scene that I believed would save the movie,” her column reads. “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.”
It’s a powerful allegation, however not dissimilar to the countless – there’s been more than 60 – other allegations of gross sexual misconduct thrown at the producer in the two months since Judd told her story, also in The New York Times.
What makes this one remarkable, however, is not just Hayek’s courage in sharing such trauma, but also that Weinstein has responded.