Salma Hayek has revealed that Harvey Weinstein threatened to break her kneecaps, in a new chat with Oprah Winfrey.
Speaking during a recording of Winfrey’s podcast, ‘Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations’, Hayek opened up further about the abuse she says Weinstein put her through during the filming of 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic, ‘Frida’.
“He told me he wanted to kill me,” Hayek told Winfrey.
“He said to Julie Taymor [the director of ‘Frida’], ‘I am going to break the kneecaps of that ‘c-word’.”
The actress has previously spoken out about the disgraced Hollywood producer, claiming that he sexually harrassed her during filming of ‘Frida’, pressured her into doing a gratuitous sex scene, and threatened to kill her.
Weinstein responded saying he ‘does not recall pressuring Salma’.
Salma Hayek has also revealed the shame she felt in not speaking up at the same time as other victims, when the story first broke in the ‘New York Times’.
“[The Times] contacted me to be a part of the first story and already by this contact, there was all this turmoil and I started crying when they asked and I ended up not doing it.,” the actress told Oprah.
“And then I felt ashamed that I was a coward. I was supporting women for two decades, and then I was a coward.”
“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.”
Weinstein has been at the centre of a criminal investigation since late October, after an extensive outpouring of allegations including rape and sexual assault from scores of women in both America and the UK. He “unequivocally denies” any allegations of non-consensual sex.
Uma Thurman is the latest celebrity to make allegations against the producer, saying he ‘attacked’ her in a London hotel in 1994, shortly after the premiere of ‘Pulp Fiction’.
Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein has freshly denied allegations of rape and sexual assault made by Rose McGowan.
McGowan was one of the first to speak out against Weinstein last year, alleging that the producer raped her.