Salma Hayek Felt Ashamed After Exposing Harvey Weinstein

Salma Hayek
The Mexican star shared her story with the Hollywood producer in an exposé on the New York Times recounting her horrific experience. GettyImages

Salma Hayek was celebrated by women in Hollywood when she exposed Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times article where she claimed the producer threatened to kill her, but the Mexican actress felt depressed and ashamed after making the revelations. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Hayek talked about why she felt that way after. “I felt like my pain was so small” in comparison to the others, she said of her story (via Deadline). “I thought, ‘There’s no point for me to talk because it happens to everyone.'” Salma eventually realized that “when [women] come together and unite with each other, it’s not about drama. It’s not about pain. It’s about something that can move powerfully and make change happen.”

In her editorial with the New York Times, Hayek expressed how she thought she had gotten past the situation, but in reality she had not. "I had brainwashed myself into thinking that it was over and that I had survived; I hid from the responsibility to speak out with the excuse that enough people were already involved in shining a light on my monster. I didn’t consider my voice important, nor did I think it would make a difference," Salma wrote."I am inspired by those who had the courage to speak out, especially in a society that elected a president who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than a dozen women and whom we have all heard make a statement about how a man in power can do anything he wants to women."

"In my naïveté, I thought my dream had come true. He had validated the last 14 years of my life. He had taken a chance on me — a nobody. He had said yes. Little did I know it would become my turn to say no," she wrote. "No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn’t even involved with. 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 a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to me getting naked with another woman. No, no, no, no, no … And with every refusal came Harvey’s Machiavellian rage," she continued.

Salma also revealed that she received a death threat from the movie mogul. “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” she said. "In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasn’t even a person. I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body."

"Halfway through shooting, Harvey turned up on set and complained about Frida’s 'unibrow.' He insisted that I eliminate the limp and berated my performance. Then he asked everyone in the room to step out except for me. 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. So he told me he was going to shut down the film because no one would want to see me in that role."

Harvey Weinstein denies the allegations against him from Hayek. “Mr. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming,” said the spokesperson in a statement to Us Weekly. “However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene in the movie was choreographed by Ms. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush. All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who have witnessed the event have a different account of what transpired.”

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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.

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