She described the "Machiavellian rage" she experienced every time she'd say "no" to Weinstein's sexual advances while filming "Frida" alongside fellow Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd. Hayek said he threatened to shut down production unless she "agreed to do a sex scene with another woman" with full-frontal nudity, and that he once told her, "I will kill you. Don't think I can't."
Rose McGowan, another of Weinstein's accusers, shared Hayek's op-ed on Twitter and wrote, "Salma, I'd heard whispers for years. I'm so sorry they were true. All we wanted to do was create art and put food on the table. That's it. Instead, we got the Monster from Hell. We deserved so much more from those we paid to protect us. Love to you."
Jessica Chastain praised Hayek for her courage in coming forward, tweeting, "Your voice is important and needed right now. You are creating a place of great healing." Kerry Washington called the op-ed "extraordinary." And Michael Moore echoed Chastain's sentiments, writing, "Harvey, if you're reading this, you making her do that scene is called rape."
See how Hollywood embraced Hayek and her story in the tweets below.
Salma, I'd heard whispers for years. I'm so sorry they were true. All we wanted to do was create art and put food on the table. That's it. Instead, we got the Monster from Hell. We deserved so much more from those we paid to protect us. Love to you. https://t.co/AjYwIpoVTX
I ask all of our male allies in this industry, why have your journeys been so different from ours? I thank you @salmahayek for sharing your story. Your voice is important and needed right now. You are creating a place of great healing 🌿 https://t.co/Lp8s4ixTlH
A powerful, powerful essay by Salma Hayek on both her abuse from Harvey and the abuse of Hollywood which shuts women's voices down. And HARVEY, if you're reading this, YOU making her do that scene is called RAPE. https://t.co/KFWYUWiplS
Wow. Thank you, @salmahayek. “We, as women, have been devalued artistically to an indecent state, to the point where the film industry stopped making an effort to find out what female audiences wanted to see and what stories we wanted to tell.” https://t.co/vwPnHmAEfv
The times THEY ARE A CHANGING. It's never too late for someone to tell their story. There can never be too many stories to hear, b/c every single person who is brave enough to speak out deserves to be listened to and supported. 🙌🏼 thank you, Selma Hayek. https://t.co/fbGfVLndSj