Salma Hayek, the star of the Miramax-produced Frida, broke her silence about the alleged abuses she suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, a man she's calling "her monster" in a devastatingly vivid New York Times article.
Hayek explains that she is choosing to speak out now, having previously believed her contribution to the list of allegations against the producer were somehow unimportant.
She claims that Weinstein repeatedly berated her and Frida director Julie Taymor, and later demanded that Hayek shoehorn a full-frontal nude sex scene with another woman into the film, even though such a scene did not appear in the script. Representatives for Taymor have not responded to Vanity Fair's request for comment.
The 51-year-old revealed that her "greatest ambition" was to bring Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's story to the big screen and she was excited to have finally struck a deal with Weinstein for the rights of the film.
But Weinstein - who has remained silent for months amid a string of allegations of sexual assault - released a statement today to deny some of Hayek's allegations. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.
"He had taken a chance on me - a nobody". How could I let their magnificent work go to waste?
"It was not because I would be naked with another woman", she said.
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Once filming commenced, he got worse claims Hayek, who said: 'He told me that the only thing I had going for me was my sex appeal and that there was none of that in this movie.
No to my getting naked with another woman.
She writes that every refusal was met with "Harvey's Machiavellian rage" and while he often tried to sweet-talk her to get his way, threats would also be part of his armory. There was no room for negotiation... As she adds, "I don't think he hated anything more than the word 'no, '" and Hayek said she had to say no a lot.
"Since those around me had no knowledge of my history of Harvey, they were very surprised by my struggle that morning", she recalled.
And the star of Dusk Till Dawn and Desperado said he pestered her for almost a decade, Sun UK reports.
"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", she wrote.
"I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask", Judd told the Times of Weinstein.
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"Ironically", Hayek writes, her disdain clear, "once we started filming, the sexual harassment stopped, but the rage escalated".
She concluded: "I am grateful for everyone who is listening to our experiences".
After Weinstein said yes to making the film, she wrote, "It would become my turn to say no".
But Blunt is an A-lister with bargaining power, and at the time Hayek was filming "Frida", she wasn't. They are just a few names among dozens more women who have stepped forward with Weinstein claims of their own.
Read the full text of his statement below.
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