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Salma Hayek alleges 'monster' Weinstein threatened to kill her


Salma Hayek has labelled Harvey Weinstein a 'monster' after alleging the Hollywood mogul harassed her and even threatened to kill her.

A-lister Salma Hayek on Wednesday joined the scores of actors to accuse Harvey Weinstein, alleging that the fallen Hollywood mogul sexually harassed her, subjected her to escalating rage and once threatened to kill her.

"For years, he was my monster," the Mexican-born star wrote in an essay published in The New York Times, detailing the torturous production of the 2002 movie "Frida" that eventually earned Hayek an Oscar nomination for best actress.

After reaching a deal for Weinstein to pay for the rights to the movie that would eventually catapult her to household fame, the now 51-year-old actor and producer said it became "my turn to say no."

Salma Hayek arrives at the 13th Annual Gala in the Garden at the Hammer Museum on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Salma Hayek arrives at the 13th Annual Gala in the Garden at the Hammer Museum on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Los Angeles.

"No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location," she alleged in the New York Times piece.

"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."

Weinstein's "Machiavellian rage" accompanied every refusal and once included "the terrifying words, 'I will kill you, don't think I can't," she alleged.

After jumping through impossible demands set by Weinstein to keep the movie on track, Ms Hayek said the alleged sexual harassment stopped once filming began "but the rage escalated."

Weinstein berated her performance, chided her for a role that showed no sex appeal and agreed to let her finish only if she agreed to do a sex scene with another woman, and demanded "full-frontal nudity," she said.

Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in 2002.
Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in 2002.

When it came to shooting the scene, Hayek said she suffered a nervous breakdown and had to take a tranquilizer.

When the movie was finished, Weinstein allegedly said it was not good enough for theatrical release and threatened to send it straight to video.

"Frida" - a critically acclaimed biopic about the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo - eventually won two Oscars and grossed more than $56 million at the box office.

"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," Ms Hayek wrote.

"Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can."

More than 100 women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape since exposes published in the Times and The New Yorker in early October. The scandal has finished his career, upended his company and ended his marriage.

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