Hollywood veteran Salma Hayek is the latest addition to the list of big actresses who have come forward with new, disturbing allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the former movie mogul of The Weinstein Co. accused of decades of sexual harassment and assault.
In an op-ed titled 'Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too' for the New York Times, the 51-year-old actress alleged that she was sexually harassed and berated by Weinstein on numerous occasions.
The actress also claimed that the movie mogul threatened to kill her to keep the verbal abuse quiet, and said he would shut down production of 2002's 'Frida' if Hayek didn't perform a full-frontal nude scene.
Hayek said she fought to work with Weinstein's then-production company, Miramax, but after he said "yes" to working with her, it was her 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."
Hayek wondered whether it was her friendship with "Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney "that saved her from being "raped".
The actress wrote that she eventually gave in to an alleged demand by Weinstein that, "He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman."
Describing his "Machiavellian rage", Hayek said Weinstein threatened to kill her after his failed attempts to sleep with her.
"The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet- talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, I will kill you, dont think I cant," she wrote.
Hayek said during the filming of "Frida", Weinstein openly criticised Fridas unibrow and berated her for her own performance in front of her cast members on many occasions.
He also demanded a script rewrite, three A-listers for the smaller parts and additional money, all of which Hayek managed somehow.
But he again threatened to shut down the production if she did not perform a full-frontal sex scene with Ashley Judd in the film, which Hayed had to say yes to. He told Hayek that her sex appeal was the only good thing about her and in the film she was not sexy enough, hence the scene.
"But this time, it was clear to me he would never let me finish this movie without him having his fantasy one way or another. There was no room for negotiation.
"I had to say yes. By now so many years of my life had gone into this film. We were about five weeks into shooting, and I had convinced so many talented people to participate. How could I let their magnificent work go to waste?" she added.
The actor said on the day of the shooting of the nude scene, she had a nervous breakdown and had to take a tranquilizer to get through the "senseless scene".
Hayek said he continued to make her and other team members life hell and told them the movie would go straight to DVD. But somehow the film, which is considered on the best in Hayek's career, made it to theaters and ended up winning Weinstein two Oscars. Hayek was nominated for Actress In A Leading Role, but lost to Nicole Kidman ('The Hours'). Hayek said despite the success of the film, she got no joy out of it.
Hayek said it wasn't until years later that the 65-year-old filmmaker told her, "You did well with Frida; we did a beautiful movie."
"I believed him. Harvey would never know how much those words meant to me. He also would never know how much he hurt me. I never showed Harvey how terrified I was of him," she concluded.
"When I saw him socially, I'd smile and try to remember the good things about him, telling myself that I went to war and I won," explained Hayek.
The actress' op-ed comes just months after a string of Hollywood A-listers, which include Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, claimed they too were sexually harassed by Weinstein, who has not admitted to any wrongdoing.