Salma Hayek is opening up about why she waited almost two months to talk about her experience with Harvey Weinstein in the op-ed for The New York Times, back in December. During Oprah's Super Soul Conversations, the actress told the host that though she was apporached by the news outlet to be part of the initial reports of Weinstein's sexual misconduct, she turned it down.
“I started crying when they asked and I ended up not doing it,” the 51-year-old recalled. “And then I felt ashamed that I was a coward. I was supporting women for two decades and then I was a coward.”
She added, "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.”
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While Hayek was not involved with the first story that exposed the disgraced film mogul, in her own op-ed she reaveled that Weinstein sexually harassed her and threatened her during the filming of 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,” Hayek 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.”
While speaking to Oprah on Wednesday, the Mexican American claimed that Weinstein told Frida's director Julie Taymor that he was "going to break the kneecaps of that c---."
In reponse to Hayek allegations, a spokesperson on behalf of Harvey Weinstein said the following: "As in most collaborative projects, there was creative friction on 'Frida,' and in this case, it served to drive the project to perfection. It wasn’t an easy process and Mr. Weinstein apologizes for the way he may have approached the situation. He hopes all involved can at least agree that the movie was fantastic. Mr. Weinstein apologizes for his boorish behavior following a screening of 'Frida;' prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie -- and a reason he took a firm hand in the final edit. However, his conflict was with Julie Taymor not Ms. Hayek. Mr. Weinstein never fought with Ms. Hayek on set and this comment does not reflect how he feels about her; he doesn’t recall ever saying such an awful thing."
Hayek, who is one of the 300 women in Hollywood behind the #TimesUp movement, fighting sexual harassment in the industry, admitted that thanks to those speaking out, change will occur.
"I think that sometimes we underestimate our efforts -- everybody's efforts -- and the power that it has for change," she said, adding. "The only reason why this is working right now, it's not only because... we spoke out, but it's also because everybody listened."