Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein threatened to 'break my kneecaps'

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek Pinault has claimed that Harvey Weinstein threatened to break her kneecaps, as part of his long-running tirade against her for refusing his advances.

"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.

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". "I thought of the shame".

'When it came out, then I was ashamed that I didn't speak up and then when so many women came out, it was a odd sensation.

Salma, who sat with Oprah Winfrey today during Oprah's Super Soul Conversation Live Event, reveals she had the opportunity to speak sooner- but she chose to remain silent at the time.

Hayek has accused the disgraced producer of sexually harassing her a number of times throughout their longstanding professional relationship - something which he vehemently denies. Hayek said that considering her incident with Weinstein took place more than 15 years ago, she had opportunities to expose him but decided not to. "And for the first and last time in my career, I had a nervous breakdown: My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry, unable to stop, as if I were throwing up tears". The abuse of being constantly underminded because we're women. "You have to be attractive but you cannot be too attractive because then you are telling me that I can do whatever I want with you.' What the f*ck is with you?"

'I don't want to get into the details because we have more important things to talk about. but I was depressed, ' the 51-year-old actress added, according to Entertainment Tonight.

In the aftermath of the scandal, Hayek says she's choosing to stay positive and keep the momentum going on the #MeToo conversation. "I felt like my pain was so small because there were so many others that had the same pain, but for me, it was so big". Nobody cares about what I have to say, already other people said it'.

"There is a moment, and I feel like it's human, where I was like, there's no point for me to talk because it just happens to everyone, and then I felt that by itself, it was just my own little drama".

As in most collaborative projects, there was creative friction on Frida, and in this case, it served to drive the project to perfection.

During a taping of Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations on Wednesday, Hayek told Oprah Winfrey that she was approached by the New York Times, which broke the first story about the allegations against Weinstein, to come forward with her story earlier.

Hayek struggled with Weinstein's vicious threats and manipulation throughout the making of her film, which Weinstein attempted to wrestle away from her as a direct result of her refusals.

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