Salma Hayek gives Oprah new horrifying details about Harvey Weinstein's behavior

Tonya Becker
February 9, 2018

Salma Hayek has been one of the empowering voices behind the #MeToo movement since detailing the abuse she endured from Harvey Weinstein in a piece for The New York Times. In a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey for the media mogul's Super Soul Conversation special on Wednesday, Hayek revealed that she was approached to be a part of the Times' first expose on Weinstein, but turned it down.

Hayek, 51, claimed Weinstein sexually harassed her and even threatened to kill her when she spurned his advances while the pair worked together on her film Frida. I felt like my pain was so small [compared to others].

"[The Times] contacted me to be a part of the first story and already by this contact, there was all this turmoil and I started crying when they asked and I ended up not doing it", she said.

Hayek wrote that Weinstein would show up at her door "at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location". "When it came out, then I was ashamed that I didn't speak up", she expressed.

"I didn't know there was so many women".

Onstage Wednesday, Hayek said she became "depressed" and "paranoid" after working with Weinstein. "You're reacting the way I have seen molested children act because they think they're the only ones this has happened to".

Weinstein's publicity team spoke out and said that Weinstein holds Hayek at the highest regard.

In December Weinstein denied Hayek's prior allegations, saying in a statement: 'All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired. Nobody cares about what I have to say, already other people said it.' That's the other thing, that was the next step.

Addressing victims, she said, "I am a short, Mexican-Arab, angry woman. but I don't let that anger blur my vision. You have to be attractive but you cannot be too attractive because then you are telling me that I can do whatever I want with you.' What the f*ck is with you?"

No to letting him watch me take a shower. "He said to [Frida director] Julie Taymor, 'I am going to break the kneecaps of that 'c-word'".

More than 75 women have now come forward to accuse the film maker of sexual harassment, abuse and rape - among them Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale and Lupita Nyong'o.

The 51-year-old actress during an appearance on Winfrey's Super Soul Conversations in New York City said she was anxious about going public because she didn't want her 10-year-old daughter Valentina to know. I thought of the shame. "There always is a way out", she added.

Nevertheless, Mr. Weinstein deeply apologizes to Ms. Hayek for any pain she has suffered as a result of his behavior or comments.

The special SuperSoul Conversations at the Apollo Theater will air on February 27 on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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