Salma Hayek on Wednesday revealed extra particulars in regards to the sexual harassment she says she endured from producer Harvey Weinstein, together with alleged loss of life threats.
Throughout a dialogue with Oprah Winfrey on the Apollo Theater in New York on the Time's Up motion, and the way the Weinstein accusers opened the floodgates, Hayek expanded on earlier allegations of harassment that she stated she suffered after the Hollywood megaproducer purchased her movie Frida. The allegations, which Weinstein has denied, have been first made public in an op-ed she wrote within the New York Occasions.
“He stated a number of issues to me over these 5 years. He informed me, 'I’m going to kill you.' He additionally stated to Julie Taymor, and I didn't write this within the article, he stated, 'I’m going to interrupt the kneecaps of that…the C-word.'”
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A consultant for Weinstein, who has been getting therapy for intercourse dependancy at a facility in Arizona, didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Hayek's feedback. Dozens of girls, together with A-list actors in Hollywood, have come ahead with allegations in opposition to Weinstein that vary from harassment to rape.
Earlier within the dialog, Hayek stated she had been contacted to be within the first massive Weinstein story revealed by the New York Occasions, however declined to participate.
“I began crying once they requested me, and I ended up not doing it. After which I felt ashamed, like a coward,” she stated. “I'd been supporting girls for 20 years, however I couldn't do that… I considered my daughter… I considered the disgrace.”
Hayek added that these have been a few of the causes she acted usually round Weinstein for years after the alleged abuse. She by no means even informed her husband or her pals.
“Penélope [Cruz] was livid with me after I informed her I used to be writing the factor [op-ed] as a result of I by no means informed her. And I stated to her, 'He [Weinstein] made the perfect films! If I let you know, if I inform Robert Rodriguez — they’ve enterprise offers with him. He's not doing the identical to you guys. Then I’d wreck what you are promoting alternatives. I didn't know there have been so many ladies. I believed I used to be the one one,” she informed the gang.
“That's what a great predator does,” stated Oprah, who additionally retold conversations she had had with Reese Witherspoon and different actors whom she selected to not identify.
“I stated to them, 'Oh, you’re all reacting the best way I've seen molested youngsters behave,” she stated. “They maintain the key since you assume you're the one one it's occurred to. A part of the PTSD, a part of the trauma, is that guilt that you simply held it.”
It took Hayek months to write down the op-ed, and though listening to the opposite victims' tales at occasions made hers really feel “small” — a lot in order that she virtually didn't share her story — Hayek stated they finally empowered her to share her reality.
“I feel it's necessary to inform victims, 'You probably did what you would do at the moment,'” Hayek stated.
The actor additionally informed the gang that Weinstein shouldn’t be the primary man to sexually harass her.
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“That's why I might deal with him higher. I used to be very sturdy in entrance of him and I used to be good, I sneaked my manner out — perhaps that's why I didn't get raped,” she stated. “I’ve had this drawback since I used to be little.”
When requested how girls can heal from sexual abuse or harassment, Hayek stated girls must forgive themselves.
“It’s necessary to take accountability for the issues we do to others, however we should cease apologizing for being attacked and we should transfer into a spot the place you’ll be able to even have a dialog,” she stated. “It is very important launch the anger. I don't need us to go from victims to offended. I don't need our anger to be our motto. That doesn't imply we aren’t offended.
“I’m a brief, Mexican-Arab, offended girl… however I don't let that anger blur my imaginative and prescient. I can use that power to be productive.”
Hayek is optimistic that the #MeToo motion is simply that, versus a second that may ultimately lose momentum. “The change was not simply felt by the those who spoke however the those who listened,” she stated. “There have been a number of males who didn't even know there was one thing mistaken with it. Males are beginning to assume and it's a optimistic factor. We've been working at this for hundreds of years, and our second got here.”
The actor additionally credited the Trump administration for giving the motion legs.
“I feel this occurred now as a result of we’re so pissed off of the federal government getting away with unimaginable issues,” she stated. “All of the mendacity and all of the protecting — it did one thing good on this case.”
Hayek's full interview is scheduled to air throughout Oprah's Tremendous Soul Conversations particular on OWN Feb. 27.