Salma Hayek Says Harvey Weinstein Threatened To Kill Her Because She Told Him No

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We can now add Salma Hayek to the list of actresses who have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Salma detailed the chilling events that led her to realize that Harvey was the monster that he is alleged to be. She revealed that she turned down a list of unwanted advances made by the disgraced film producer when they worked together on the set of her Oscar-nominated film, Frida.

“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,” she wrote.

This list goes on and on. Salma claims Harvey once threatened to kill her after she refused one of his many demands. “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” he allegedly said before saying that he would offer the role to another actress if she continued to decline his advances.

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Salma said the word “no” infuriated Harvey more than anything and that he tried to sabotage the movie because he wasn’t getting his way. In the end, she revealed that she gave into one of his demands – to film a graphic sex screen with another woman that included full-frontal nudity. Salma even admitted the stress from the scene literally caused her to have a nervous breakdown.

“My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry,” she wrote, adding that she needed a tranquilizer to calm her down. “It was not because I would be naked with another woman. It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein.”

Of course, when hearing a story like this one, so many questions come to mind about her reaction and the aftermath to the negative experience. Salma did explain why she never came forward until now.

“I hid from the responsibility to speak out with the excuse that enough people were already involved in shining a light on my monster,” she wrote. “In reality, I was trying to save myself the challenge of explaining several things to my loved ones.”

Following the allegations of rape made against Harvey, Salma even questioned whether her friendships with other high-powered men in Hollywood are the reason she wasn’t raped.

“Knowing what I know now, I wonder if it wasn’t my friendship with [director Robert Rodriguez and his then-wife, producer Elizabeth Avellan] — and Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney — that saved me from being raped,” she wrote.

Regardless, the harm he caused her remains – and for that reason, Salma says he’s her “monster.”