Salma Hayek Reveals That Harvey Weinstein Threatened To "Break Her Kneecaps" And "Kill Her"
"I will kill you, don't think I can't."
On Wednesday evening's "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations" podcast, Salma Hayek revealed to Oprah Winfrey some seriously frightening details during her time working with Harvey Weinstein.
Hayek said, "He told me he wanted to kill me...He said to ['Frida' director] Julie Taymor, 'I am going to break the kneecaps of that 'c word.'"
Back in December 2017, the actress actually published a personal story in The New York Times describing her horrifying experience with Weinstein during the filming of Frida (2002). She wrote that she was embarrassed for not having spoken up during the initial exposé with Ashley Judd (Frida co-star).
In her Times piece, she admitted that she was initially "so excited to work with him and that company" and that "in [her] naïveté, [she] thought [her] dream had come true," she added.
"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," she wrote.
Hayek added that every time she refused, it came with "Harvey’s Machiavellian rage" and even threatened her by saying, "I will kill you, don't think I can't."
In Hayek's interview with Oprah, she continued to explain that "[The Times] contacted me to be a part of the first story, and already by this contact, there was all this turmoil and I started crying when they asked and I ended up not doing it. And then I felt ashamed that I was a coward. I was supporting women for two decades, and then I was a coward. When the information about Harvey came out, I was ashamed I didn't say anything, but I felt like my pain was so small compared to all the other stories."
However, she continued to tell Oprah that this was not the first time that she had been sexually harassed in the industry.
“[Weinstein] was not the first guy to do this to me," she said. "I was really smart around him. I handled it really well...and maybe that’s why he didn’t rape me."
Source: The Guardian