"Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too" is the title of a powerful essay penned by Salma Hayek for New York Times in which the actress details conquering her fears of talking about sexual harassment she endured by the embattled Hollywood executive.
She worked with Weinstein early in her career to make Frida, the Frida Kahlo biopic that meant everything to her to create, and detailed rebuffing countless sexual advances, including offers of giving her oral sex and trying to set up group sex situations, and threats of violence.
"I don’t think he hated anything more than the word 'no,'" she wrote. "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.'"
She acknowledges that she wasn't ready to tell her whole story until now, but feels emboldened by the growing movement of women who are speaking out against sexual abuse.
"I hope that adding my voice to the chorus of those who are finally speaking out will shed light on why it is so difficult, and why so many of us have waited so long," she explained. "Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can."
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