The actress detailed the sexual harassment she allegedly experienced at the hands of the Hollywood mogul in a lengthy op-ed for The New York Times, describing what she says she went through during the making of her 2002 Miramax film "Frida." The movie co-starred fellow-Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd.
"I am inspired by those who had the courage to speak out, especially in a society that elected a president who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than a dozen women and whom we have all heard make a statement about how a man in power can do anything he wants to women," she said of her reason to speak out now. "Well, not anymore."
Though she said she initially felt "validated" when he agreed to work with her on the project, "Little did I know it would become my turn to say no," she explained.
"No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn't even involved with," she wrote. "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. No, no, no, no, no."
Hayek went on to describe the "Machiavellian rage" she'd experience every time she said no, alleging Weinstein once told her, "I will kill you, don't think I can't."
After Harvey complained about Hayek replicating Frida Kahlo's unibrow and limp in the film, she said he threatened to shut down production unless she "agreed to do a sex scene with another woman" with full-frontal nudity. This was the one demand she complied with, so that so many "talented" people's work wouldn't "go to waste."
"I arrived on the set the day we were to shoot the scene that I believed would save the movie. And for the first and last time in my career, I had a nervous breakdown," she explained. "It was not because I would be naked with another woman. It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein."