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Salma Hayek Has Accused Harvey Weinstein Of Threatening To Kill Her

She's written a searing piece in the NYT outlining years of alleged harassment.

Salma Hayek is the latest woman in Hollywood to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, and has also claimed that the disgraced producer once threatened to murder her.

In an essay for The New York Times, Hayek describes having to repeatedly turn down unwanted sexual advances from Weinstein after he became involved in the production of her passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic, Frida.

“I was so excited to work with him and that company. In my naïveté, I thought my dream had come true,” Hayek wrote. “He had said yes… 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,” she wrote. “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 …”

Hayek goes on to describe Weinstein’s “Machiavellian rage” and claims that on one occasion he told her “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”

After Hayek refused to sleep with him, she alleges that Weinstein told her that he would offer the part of Kahlo to another actress. She also alleges that he later offered to let her finish the film only if she agreed to shoot a sex scene with another woman. Not wanting production to shut down, she agreed.

“I arrived on the set the day we were to shoot the scene that I believed would save the movie,” she wrote. “And for the first and last time in my career, 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.”

“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,” she added.

Weinstein has now been accused by several dozen of women of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape. He has denied all criminal wrongdoing.

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