In an interview with The Guardian, the actress shared her experiences with the convicted rapist. She told the publication that he would berate her and call her “ugly” during filming.
She noted that Weinstein “is not the only man to reassure himself by knowing he can destroy women.”
Hayek said that while shooting the 2002 biopic Frida, in which she starred as the artist Frida Kahlo, Weinstein would call and attack her for “looking ugly”.
She said that she would “feel alright” after he was bullying her, but it did leave her somewhat shaken.
“I would shake [afterwards] and it did depress me, but there was a cartoon aspect about the whole thing. When he would call me up [during the making of Frida] and scream, ‘Why do you have a [monobrow] and moustache? I didn’t hire you to look ugly!’ I was like, ‘But didn’t you ever look at a picture of Frida Kahlo?’”
In 2017, Salma opened up about the intense sexual harassment she endured from Weinstein over the years in a harrowing account published in The New York Times.
She rejected his numerous inappropriate advances, and with every refusal “came Harvey’s Machiavellian rage”.
When asked if she thinks the reason Weinstein never assaulted her was that she was friends with a number of famous male actors, she bluntly interrupts the interviewer. “Also I was very strong,” she said.
“I didn’t just say no. I’m a force to be recognised,” she added. “He never saw me weak. It’s not that I’m not afraid, but you’re not going to see it. I can be almost intimidating in my calm strength, you know?”
Salma went on to say that harassment in Hollywood is “systematic”.
“I just want it to stop.”