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Salma Hayek “Weinstein threatened to kill me” made her do nude lesbian scene to save movie


In a powerful op-ed in the New York Times actress Salma Hayek describes her life of hell working with sexual predator producer Harvey Weinstein. The title of the piece is Harvey Weinstein is my monster too.

Hayek describes working her way up from a simple Mexican school girl to Mexican soap star to an extra in a few American films to catching a couple of lucky breaks in “Desperado” and “Fools Rush In,” During that time Weinstein was building Miramax into n entertainment superpower.

Hayek was determined to tell the story of Frida Kahlo a Mexican muralist who had inspired her to be an actress in the first place.” I had started a journey to produce the film with a different company, but I fought to get it back to take it to Harvey.”

“I knew him a little bit through my relationship with the director Robert Rodriguez and the producer Elizabeth Avellan, who was then his wife, with whom I had done several films and who had taken me under their wing. All I knew of Harvey at the time was that he had a remarkable intellect, he was a loyal friend and a family man.”

“Knowing what I know now, I wonder if it wasn’t my friendship with them — and Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney — that saved me from being raped.”

Hayek says in the beginning she didn’t even care about the money. It was a dream come true to work with Weinstein and Miramax. He had said yes. But she would be saying no for years to come.

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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.

I don’t think he hated anything more than the word “no.”

Weinstein became more and more enraged with each decline of his pursuits. And his rage culminated in the night Weinstein said he said the terrifying words, “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”

Halfway through the filming of the movie Weinstein came up with a new demand. Hayek had to do a full frontal nude sex scene with a lesbian. She had worked so many years on the project with so many delays. In the end though Weinstein said it still wasn’t good enough and would go straight to video. After threatening legal action the movie was released in one theatre system.

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