Salma Hayek is the latest actress to accuse Harvey Weinstein of harassment, describing the mogul as a “monster” who threatened to kill her.
Writing in the New York Times, Hayek said Weinstein once told her: “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.” Holly Baird, a spokeswoman for Weinstein, issued a statement to a handful of US media outlets disputing Hayek’s account.
In the essay, Hayek, 51, described the difficult process of working with Weinstein on Frida, the 2002 biopic of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. During the production, the actress-producer says she was forced to repeatedly refuse his sexual advances. 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.”
She went on to accuse him of threatening to shut the production down unless she filmed a nude sex scene with another actress.
“I had to take a tranquilizer, which eventually stopped the crying but made the vomiting worse,” she wrote.
Weinstein’s spokeswoman said in a statement: “Mr Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star and he was not there for the filming. All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired.”
Weinstein has been accused of rape, sexual assault and harassment, but has denied any allegations of non-consensual relationships.