Actress Salma Hayek has come forward with disturbing allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, claiming in an essay that the now-disgraced film producer repeatedly sexually propositioned her and at one point allegedly threatened to kill her.
In an essay for the New York Times published Wednesday, the 51-year-old actress — who earned an Oscar nomination in the Weinstein-produced 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic Frida — wrote that she had become emboldened to finally break the silence about her alleged abuse due to the dozens of women who have accused Weinstein of misconduct in recent months.
“Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster,” Hayek wrote. “For years, he was my monster.”
Hayek wrote that as an up-and-coming actress in Hollywood, she watched as Weinstein brought original, indie films into the mainstream and to awards glory, and so she desperately wanted to work with him on her passion project, a biopic about iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo which she had already been developing for some time.
The actress wrote that she eventually struck a deal for the film with Weinstein that paid her the minimum allowable amount under Screen Actors Guild rules and gave her an unpaid producing credit, but she had been so thankful that Weinstein’s Miramax production company was helming the film that she did not care about the money.
Now, Hayek wrote, she wonders whether it was her friendships with director Quentin Tarantino and actor George Clooney that had possibly shielded her from being raped.
Actress Salma Hayek mingles with fans at the opening of her film “Frida” November 8, 2002 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Susana Gonzalez/Getty Images)