The Oscar-winning actress says her rejection of his relentless sexual advances saw him spiral into rage and threaten her life.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Salma Hayek comes out and accuses him of threatening to kill her.
My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry, unable to stop, as if I were throwing up tears.
In an op-ed published by the New York Times on Tuesday, the Hollywood starlet detailed her battle with Mr Weinstein during the filming of Frida — the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic she won a Best Actress Oscar for.
“For years, he was my monster,” she wrote.
“Little did I know it would become my turn to say no.
“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.
“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.”
Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster. For years, he was my monster. https://t.co/kJpZXqOB36 pic.twitter.com/mnXUg7hUI7
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) December 13, 2017
That rage peaked with an explicit death threat. “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” she alleges he said.
She went on to explain how the then Miramax head honcho threatened to cease production of the movie — a passion project of Ms Hayek’s, of which she invested everything in. That was unless she agreed to get naked on set.
“He offered me one option to continue. He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman. And he demanded full-frontal nudity,” she revealed.
“I had to say yes. By now so many years of my life had gone into this film. We were about five weeks into shooting, and I had convinced so many talented people to participate. How could I let their magnificent work go to waste?”
“[After arriving on set to film the scene] I had a nervous breakdown: My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry, unable to stop, as if I were throwing up tears.”
The harrowing ordeal could have been worse if not for the involvement of her “phalanx of angels”, including director Julie Taymor, actors Ed Norton and Antonio Banderas, and fellow victim Ashley Judd.
In fact she says her friendship with heavyweights Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney “saved me from being raped”.
The number of accusers now nears 70, two months since the Times made his sexual harassment allegations public in a damning expose.