The list of Harvey Weinstein accusers just got longer: On Wednesday, Salma Hayek revealed in an emotional essay for The New York Times that she was repeatedly harassed by the former movie mogul.
“Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster. For years, he was my monster,” Salma wrote in the introduction to her essay. She revealed that she was approached by several reporters this fall to talk about her experience working with Harvey, but she turned them down. “I didn’t consider my voice important, nor did I think it would make a difference,” she said.
Salma said she was “ashamed” to reveal that she’d been cordial to a man who had hurt her deeply. She said she first connected with Harvey while working on the movie Frida, and was thrilled that he was going to make her a leading lady. “He had taken a chance on me–a nobody. He had said yes,” she wrote. “Little did I know it would become my turn to say no.”
Salma then detailed all of the things she had to say no to when they worked together. “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 my getting naked with another woman.”
Each time she said no, Salma said she faced “Harvey’s Machiavellian rage.” She said Harvey claimed he was going to replace her on the film unless she met several intense demands, including rewriting her script, raising $10 million, getting an A-list director on-board, and getting prominent actors to play four smaller roles. Somehow, she delivered.
At one point, during their battle over the movie, Harvey even allegedly said, “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” Salma wrote in her essay.
Eventually, Salma said yes to one demand. “He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman,” she said. Still, she says she cried so much on set that day that it was “as if I were throwing up tears.”
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Even after that, Salma said that Harvey repeatedly tried to stop the film from getting a full theatrical release, though it eventually went on to earn him two Oscars.
Harvey has been accused by several actresses, directors, and producers of sexual assault and harassment, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Asia Argento, Rose McGowan, and Ashley Judd. He’s denied the allegations, but has been removed from his position as head of Miramax.
Salma said she’s “grateful” that people are listening to women speaking up about their accusations. “I hope that adding my voice to the chorus of those who are finally speaking out will shed light on why it is so difficult, and why so many of us have waited so long,” she said. “Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can.”