Thousands of women are identifying themselves as victims of sexual harassment or assault following a call to action propelled by Alyssa Milano in the wake of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s downfall over of allegations of sexual misconduct. (Oct. 17)
Late Wednesday, Harvey Weinstein countered major points of Salma Hayek’s New York Times column alleging sexual harassment during the production of their movie Frida.
Hayek is the latest Hollywood star to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
In a guest column for the Times Wednesday, the actress claims she said no to a list of unwanted advances from the producer when they worked together on the 2002 film Frida.
“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,” she writes.
She also claims the producer once threatened to kill her following one of her refusals, and verbally insulted her on set.
Weinstein released a statement to USA TODAY via spokeswoman Holly Baird saying “all of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired.”
In the article, Hayek describes her excitement when she first signed a deal with Weinstein for the project, a biopic of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo — but also recounts her efforts to get herself and her film out of his company.
“I had to resort to using lawyers, not by pursuing a sexual harassment case, but…