Salma Hayek "Felt Ashamed" for Not Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein Earlier

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek "Felt Ashamed" for Not Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein Earlier

The "Once Upon A Time in Mexico" actress also said she was "ashamed" she didn't come forward with her story sooner, noting she was approached to be a part of the first expose.

Unfortunately for Hayek, though, that sense of solidarity among other women was accompanied by a sense of personal shame, as she told Oprah Winfrey on the Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations podcast in NY on Wednesday, in what was at first meant to be a conversation about the #MeToo movement at large.

'Over the 20 years plus since the movie's success, Ms. Hayek and Mr. Weinstein's daughters have had play dates, their families have enjoyed time together when running into each other on vacations, and the two have had dinners where they pitched and discussed projects such as Ms. Hayek asking Harvey to distribute her movie "Evelyn" and Mr. Weinstein pitching her a remake of "The Lives of Others" with Penelope Cruz about a South American dictatorship.

"Throughout the years, I (earned his respect)", she said.

Hayek had asked the movie mogul for his help producing the 2002 biopic in which she starred as Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the Daily Telegraph reports.

In her Times piece, she admitted that she was initially "so excited to work with him and that company" and that "in [her] naïveté, [she] thought [her] dream had come true", she added. "[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment". He never raped me (but the harassment) was not one or two occasions.

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Salma Hayek explained why she waited almost two months to open up about her own troubling experiences with the now disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. I can use that energy to be productive, ' Hayek said. "We are told, 'You have to be the Virgin Mary, but you have to do what I say when I say, OK?"

In the aftermath of the scandal, Hayek says she's choosing to stay positive and keep the momentum going on the #MeToo conversation. "You're reacting the way I have seen molested children act because they think they're the only ones this has happened to".

"She went on: "[Weinstein] was not the first guy to do this to me. "It's important to take responsibility for the things we do to others, but we must stop apologizing for being attacked and we must move into a place where you can actually have a conversation".

"By Mr Weinstein's own admission, his boorish behaviour following a screening of "Frida" was prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie".

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Wednesday as part of the former host's Super Soul Conversation Live Event, Hayek spoke out about the experience.

Through a representative, Weinstein has denied these allegations and any accusations of non-consensual sex. The actress has spoken out again and revealed why she waited so long to speak.

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