Salma Hayek, on working with Harvey Weinstein: "I could not let him win"

Salma Hayek, on working with Harvey Weinstein: "I could not let him win"

The actress reflected on the abuse she endured at the hands of Weinsten on the 2002 film Frida.

Salma Hayek is getting candid about her experience with the infamous Harvey Weinstein

In a wide-ranging interview with InStyle on Tuesday, the 54-year-old actress looked back on the time she spent working with the now-disgraced producer in the 2002 film Frida, which was released under his company, Miramax.

According to her, Weinstein forced her to appear fully nude in a sex scene after she declined his advances. Reflecting on her abuse, Hayek stated that she regrets not speaking out earlier, considering how many other women endured even worse treatment from him.

"Some people got raped", she told InStyle. "It makes you wonder if you had said something [back then], would it have been different? How come I didn't have the courage? But I dealt with it to the best of my ability at the time."

"For me Frida was a political statement, a social statement, a feminist statement", she added. "It was my way of screaming. And Harvey used my way of screaming to repress me even more. So I could not let him win."

Over 80 women made sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein in 2017, sparking the #MeToo movement. He was arrested and charged with rape in 2018, and eventually sentenced to 23 years in prison. 

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