Salma Hayek Says That Weinstein Regularly Verbally Abused Her While Making 'Frida'

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Salma Hayek has opened up about her experiences with convicted rapist and once-celebrated film producer Harvey Weinstein in an interview with The Guardian.

The actress has said that Weinstein used to call her during the making of film Frida, a biopic of Frida Kahlo, and insult her about her appearance.

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Hayek starred in the title role in the 2002 film, while Weinstein was a producer.

'...There was a cartoon aspect about the whole thing,' said Hayek. 'When he would call me up [during the making of Frida] and scream, "Why do you have a [monobrow] and moustache? I didn’t hire you to look ugly!" I was like, "But didn’t you ever look at a picture of Frida Kahlo?"'

Weinstein 'is not the only man to reassure himself by knowing he can destroy women,' she added.

Hayek's performance earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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In 2017, Hayek wrote an article for The New York Times in which she detailed her experience with Weinstein, asserting that he had sexually harassed her for years. In it, she wrote about constantly having to turn down Weinstein's advances.

'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 … And with every refusal came Harvey’s Machiavellian rage,' she wrote.

More than 80 women had made allegations against Weinstein by October 2017, and the allegations sparked the #MeToo social media campaign. Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape in New York in May 2018. He was found guilty of two of five felonies in February 2020, and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Weinstein’s lawyer Arthur Aidala continues to assert that Weinstein maintains his innocence in response to any of the accusations levelled against him, despite the court's rulings on some of them. ‘I’m innocent, I’m innocent, I’m innocent. How could this happen in America?,' Aidala said in a statement outside the lower Manhattan courtroom, after Weinstein's rape conviction.

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