It does not come unheard that Harvey Weinstein, the disregarded film personality, was a total and complete monster. Hervey Weinstein is charged with nearly a dozen sexual assault charges and many, many more allegations of misconduct. He had a petrifying control over the film industry and horrific misconduct with female actors which has been detailed very much in the media. Now, Salma Hayek, the former Miramax star shared more of her story.
Salma Hayek Opens Up About Harvey Weinstein
During an interview with The Guardian, Salma Hayek took a dig at all the bullying that Weinstein did, and her own stand against the abuse: “I would shake (afterwards) and it did depress me, but there was a cartoon aspect about the whole thing”.
Salma Hayek, while appearing in an interview with The Guardian ahead of the release of Eternals, restated her Weinstein drama just after the reporter of The Guardian expressed their personal experience with Harvey Weinstein, who is now imprisoned. Salma Hayek took the stand in 2017 and threw a number of allegations at Harvey Weinstein — who, with his brother, was the founder of Miramax Films and produced Frida (2002) — in a New York Times opinion piece. Salma Hayek narrated all the occasions where she said no to Weinstein’s advances. She said, “No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage … No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman. No no no no no … And with every refusal came Harvey’s Machiavellian rage.”
Weinstein said he didn’t hire Hayek to ‘look ugly’
Salma Hayek has declared in the past as well that majority of her torment and abuse happened during the shooting of Frida, her highly acclaimed biopic, which was based on the life of Frida Kahlo, a surrealist artist from Mexico.
“(Weinstein) would call me up (during the making of Frida) and scream, ‘Why do you have a (monobrow) and moustache? I didn’t hire you to look ugly!'” Hayek remembered in her interview with The Guardian. “I was like, ‘But didn’t you ever look at a picture of Frida Kahlo?’ If a man was playing Cyrano de Bergerac, he wouldn’t say, ‘What’s with the nose?'”
When she was asked that how was she succeeded in avoiding so many attempts made by Weinstein, Salma Hayek said it was because she “was very strong” and said no when being taken advantage of. “I didn’t just say no,” Hayek recalled. “He never saw me weak. It’s not that I’m not afraid, but you’re not going to see it. I can be almost intimidating in my calm strength, you know?” Hayek furthermore stated that Weinstein wasn’t the only one in Hollywood with such heinous habits. “Not the first or last,” she said. “We’re girls! … So you learn to be brave. It’s not easy, but you have to.” The Eternals star claimed that most of these on-set movie monsters still most likely are working in the industry today. “I’m sure,” she told The Guardian, though she declined to name any specific names.
Weinstein, 69, is serving a 23-year prison sentence after being found guilty in 2020 of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape (via CNN). He’s currently facing 10 charges of sexual assault in California.