On Wednesday, Hayek penned a harrowing, heartbreaking op-ed for the New York Times detailing how her career has been impacted by Weinstein. Among the allegations in her stark essay: Weinstein sexually propositioning her on multiple occasions, forcing her to do a sex scene with a woman, and even threatening to kill her.
She wrote that Weinstein was omnipresent in her acting career from the start, and says it took her so long to speak out because she didn’t realize how important her voice would be in the current conversation. Over 100 women have come out with stories alleging Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past several decades, and in some cases the purported victims have filed lawsuits against him, Miramax and The Weinstein Company.
Weinstein, through a representative, has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex, and in this latest statement, denies Hayek’s claims of sexual misconduct and says he “doesn’t recall” forcing her to do the sex scene with Frida co-star Ashley Judd.
“All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired,” reads the statement.
Much of Hayek’s early relationship with Weinstein began while he was helping produce her passion project, 2002 movie Frida. The film, about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo de Rivera, was very special to Hayek, and she had spent years developing and researching it.
Below is the statement, in full.
Hayek concluded her piece by calling for more gender parity in Hollywood, and cited some damning numbers; she said that between 2007 and 2016, only four per cent of directors were female and 80 per cent of those women only made one film. Until women get power when it comes to filmmaking and production, the imbalance will continue to exist.
“Until there is equality in our industry, with men and women having the same value in every aspect of it, our community will continue to be a fertile ground for predators,” she wrote. “I am grateful for everyone who is listening to our experiences. 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. Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can.”
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Hayek has not yet responded to Weinstein’s denial.