Weinstein accused of harassment and threats by Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

In a statement released by his rep, Weinstein denied her claims, including Hayek's account that he'd pressured her into performing a sex scene with another woman for the movie Frida.

Salma alleged the disgraced movie boss threatened her life and her career when she spurned his sexual requests, including asking her to shower with him, massaging him, and allowing him to perform oral sex on her.

Weinstein's spokesman said in a statement: "Mr Weinstein regards Salma Hayek as a first-class actress and cast her in several of his movies, among them Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Dogma and Studio 54". His statement continued, stating that other people who were there said the events didn't transpire as she stated.

"No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location", she wrote. It was not because I would be naked with another woman. "No to my getting naked with another woman".

Hayek said she was initially pleased to work with Weinstein but claimed she soon found herself rejecting sexual advances from the producer.

Harvey Weinstein has responded to the claims Salma Hayek made in the New York Times.

Hayek believed that complying was the only way she would get the movie made, and since she was already five weeks into production, she anxious about disappointing all of the "talented people" she had convinced to join her project, including actress Ashley Judd, actor Edward Norton and director Julie Taymor.

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

And with each refusal, each humiliation, Weinstein's rage would boil over.

"The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, 'I will kill you, don't think I can't, '" Hayek said. During an interview on "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah, Hayek said she had met Trump at an event she had attended with Edward Norton, her boyfriend back then.

"It was clear to me he would never let me finish this movie without him having his fantasy one way or another". She also discusses the #MeToo movement's entrance into the music industry, with three women accusing producer Russell Simmons of rape. "I hope that what's happening now will create lasting change for more artists like Salma Hayek to have an opportunity to tell stories".

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. A representative for the former Weinstein Company executive said he doesn't remember trying to coerce Salma into a "gratuitous sex scene" with another female co-star.

"While Jennifer Lopez was interested in playing Frida and at the time was a bigger star, Mr. Weinstein overruled other investors to back Salma as the lead". Miramax put up half of the money and all of the P&A; the budget was over 12 million. Harvey's legal team said there was, in fact, a reason for a bi-sexual sex scene though because of the character, Frida Kahlo was bi-sexual.

"Why do we have to fight tooth and nail to maintain our dignity?" concluded Hayek in her op-ed.

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