New Details About Salma Hayek's Claims That Harvey Weinstein Threatened Her Life And Forced Her To Do A Sex Scene With A Woman

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This all occurred while filming "Frida."

Another allegation has been brought to light against former big-time Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In an op-ed for The New York Times, actress Salma Hayek accused the disgraced mogul of sexual harassment and violent threats. 

She described the terror she enduring while working with Weinstein to film the movie, Frida, in detail, including how he threatened to kill her when she refused to play up her sex appeal for the movie. The producer told her it was the only thing she had going for her. 

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Still early in her career, Hayek connected with Weinstein through mutual friends and made a deal with him to produce a movie about Frida Kahlo. For her, this was a passion project, so when the deal was made that she would be paid the minimum Screen Actors Guild scale plus 10 percent and no payment for being a producer, she accepted it. 

"I did not care about the money; I was so excited to work with him and that company," she wrote. "In my naïveté, I thought my dream had come true. He had validated the last 14 years of my life. He had taken a chance on me — a nobody. He had said yes."

Hayek's excitement quickly turned to fear when she realized that a part of working with Weinstein was the expectation to meet all of his demands. 

"Little did I know it would become my turn to say no," she wrote. 

"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."

Hayek claimed that Weinstein would often threaten to shut down production of the movie if she didn't play up her sex appeal. At one point, he even threatened her life. 

"I will kill you, don't think I can't," he allegedly said. 

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Desperate to see the film through, Hayek said she reluctantly met Weinstein's demands and agreed to do a woman-on-woman sex scene. Though she didn't think it had a place in the story, he insisted it did. 

"He offered me one option to continue," she wrote. "He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman. And he demanded full-frontal nudity."

When she arrived on set the day they were going to shoot the sex scene, Hayek said she 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."

"Since those around me had no knowledge of my history of Harvey, they were very surprised by my struggle that morning. It was not because I would be naked with another woman. It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein.

Though Weinstein tried to hinder Frida's success at nearly every step, the movie went on to win two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe and more. 

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In a statement released by Weinstein's representatives, he said that "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." 

He said he "did not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming. However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene in the movie was choreographed by Ms. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush."

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