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Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek spoke fearlessly about her encounter with sexual harassment by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Salma wrote an opinionated piece in the New York Times in which she intrepidly accused Weinstein of forcing her to film a nude scene in biopic movie ‘Frida’.
Salma Hayek also detailed her horrific experiences while shooting for the movie. The actress claims that the producer even threatened to kill her. The writer quoted him saying: “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”
Hayek said that after signing a deal with Weinstein that gave his company the rights to ‘Frida’, she alleges the producer began making a series of inappropriate demands, which she rebuffed.
She wrote:”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.”
Hayek says she went through a complete emotional breakdown by the time the movie was over. She said Weinstein continuously threatened to shut down the film unless she films a nude sex scene with another actress.
“I had to take a tranquillizer, which eventually stopped the crying but made the vomiting worse,” she wrote of her emotional turmoil at filming a scene she thought unnecessary.
“As you can imagine, this was not sexy, but it was the only way I could get through the scene.”
Weinstein’s spokesman refuted all the allegations of Salma Hayek and said, ” Mr. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star and he was not there for the filming.”
“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.”
But the actress on the other hand also mentioned in her article that the courage of other women gave her the motivation to disclose this horrible encounter that transpired in her life.