Jessica Chastain Commends Salma Hayek For Revealing Harvey Weinstein Nightmare

Salma Hayek, Jessica Chastain
The "Molly's Game" star is applauding Hayek for speaking out against the former Hollywood producer accused of sexual assault. GettyImages

Salma Hayek has received great support following her op-ed where she exposed the nightmare she lived with Harvey Weinstein during production of her Oscar-winning movie "Frida." Jessica Chastain is one of many Hollywood stars commending the Mexican actress for her bravery saying it was "so moving." She told "Extra," “It really goes to show its so important what is happening right now with all these women coming forward and talking about their stories and talking about the walls that they faced in their industry.”

“What I got from that article is: Man, Salma Hayek, not only is she an incredible actress … but what a great producer she is,” Chastain said. “Reading all those hoops she was jumping through, how she got her movie made. I thank goodness for her and I’m so grateful she is in our industry. I hope that what’s happening now will create lasting change for more artists like Salma Hayek to have an opportunity to tell stories.”

Salma Hayek wrote in her editorial with the New York Times, 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."

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.