Actress Salma Hayek has alleged that she received unwanted sexual advances from producer Harvey Weinstein. Hayek accused Weinstein of repeatedly asking her for sexual favors and threatening her life. Over 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, with several alleging rape.
On Dec. 12, Hayek revealed that she was among the women who Weinstein allegedly harassed during his career as one of Hollywood's most powerful producers. The actress said that she had been approached by Ashley Judd, a former co-star and one of Weinstein's first accusers, to share her story.
"Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster," Hayek wrote in an editorial for The New York Times. "For years, he was my monster."
Hayek recalled how she was thrilled when Weinstein agreed to fund her passion project "Frida," a film about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
"He had taken a chance on me -- a nobody," Hayek continued. "He said yes. Little did I know it would become my turn to say no."
Hayek wrote that Weinstein had propositioned her for numerous sexual favors: "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. No, no, no, no, no …"
Hayek alleged that Weinstein would admonish her when she refused his propositions and even threatened to kill her.
"And with every refusal came Harvey's Machiavellian rage ... The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words: 'I will kill you, don’t think I can't,'" Hayek wrote.
The actress added that she initially declined to share her accusations against Weinstein: "I didn't consider my voice important, nor did I think it would make a difference."
Weinstein was removed from his production company, The Weinstein Company, after more than 80 women accused him of sexual harassment and assault. The list of accusers included high-profile figures such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan, according to USA Today.
On Dec. 13, two actresses from Asia alleged that Weinstein made sexual advances towards them during private meetings arranged by former Weinstein Company of Asia Vice President Bey Logan, Quartz reports.
Sources: The New York Times, Quartz, USA Today / Featured Image: Guadalajara International Film Festival/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Luisa Pisani/Wikimedia Commons