After making sex accusations, Salma Hayek speaks of ‘living with the pain’

Helen Dunmore

Salma Hayek: Threatened to kill me by Weinstein, Forced me to film a full-frontal scene.

After making assault accusations, Salma Hayek speaks of 'living with the trauma' of Harvey Weinstein.
After making assault accusations, Salma Hayek speaks of ‘living with the trauma’ of Harvey Weinstein.

After his arrest for rape, actress and Harvey Weinstein accuser Salma Hayek opened up about her feelings about the disgraced movie mogul.

In 2017, with charges of sexual assault against the once-powerful Hollywood boss, the actress joined the plethora of celebrity women. In a lengthy essay written in The New York Times, she made her statements.

Speaking to the Evening Standard before releasing her new film, “Bliss,” Hayek again said specifically about Weinstein now that a 23-year prison term has been handed down.

Salma Hayek: Threatened to kill me by Weinstein, Forced me to film a full-frontal scene.
Salma Hayek: Threatened to kill me by Weinstein, Forced me to film a full-frontal scene.

She told the outlet, “The amazing thing is that I thought I had healed,” And then it came out again, and I realized that I didn’t recover, I repressed, and I coped, I changed, I moved on, but there was a healing layer, and it didn’t stop me from rising. But for a long time, it was tough. I didn’t know that so many other women were affected and that it went so deep. It wasn’t comforting. But the fact that we [took action] together made its healing… I didn’t know that there were so many other people affected and that it went so deep.

Hayek explains in her article for the New York Times that she was delighted to establish a working relationship with Weinstein to tell the story of Kahlo, her hero. She says that his relationship culminated in many unwelcome advances, such as asking her to massage him, watch her shower, and get naked with other women.

Hayek declined. She alleges, at one point, that Weinstein threatened to kill her in a fit of rage.

She argues that through Weinstein’s insistence that her sex appeal was her only selling point and allegedly demanding her shoehorn in a nude, same-sex lovemaking scene, her passion project was waylaid at every stage.

After a New York jury convicted him of two women’s rape and sexual assault, Harvey Weinstein began serving a 23-year prison term last year.

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