Actress Salma Hayek said Wednesday in a write-up for the New York Times that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein threatened to kill her for turning down his sexual advances after he picked up her movie “Frida.”
I was so excited to work with him and that company. 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.
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, 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.
I don’t think he hated anything more than the word “no.” The absurdity of his demands went from getting a furious call in the middle of the night asking me to fire my agent for a fight he was having with him about a different movie with a different client to physically dragging me out of the opening gala of the Venice Film Festival, which was in honor of “Frida,” so I could hang out at his private party with him and some women I thought were models but I was told later were high-priced prostitutes.
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, don’t think I can’t.”
When he was finally convinced that I was not going to earn the movie the way he had expected, he told me he had offered my role and my script with my years of research to another actress.
In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasn’t even a person. I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body.
Sounds a bit overly dramatic.
I think Pamela Anderson nailed it last month when she said these women knew what they were getting into.
“When I came to Hollywood, of course I had a lot of offers to do private auditions and things that made absolutely no sense,” Anderson said. “Just common sense: don’t go into a hotel room alone. Don’t. If someone enters a door in a bathrobe, leave. These things that are common sense.”
“I think it was common knowledge that certain producers or certain people in Hollywood are people to avoid, privately,” she said. “You know what you’re getting into if you go to a hotel room alone.”
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