“In the autumn of this year, I turned to reporters from various publications, to my friend Ashley Judd, to tell about the painful episode of my life that I experienced.
I thought that it was over and I survived. I hid myself from responsibility, justifying myself by the fact that enough people have already spoken out to bring my monster to the surface. I did not consider my voice important and did not think that this would change the situation.
In fact, I tried to get away from explaining some fundamental things to my relatives: why, when I mentioned, like many others, that Harvey mocked me, I ruled out a couple of significant details. And why for so many years I worked and communicated with a man who caused me great pain. I was proud of my ability to forgive, but the very fact that I was ashamed to describe the details of what was to be forgiven made me wonder if this chapter of my life really was in the past, “began Salma Hayek’s long confession published the day before in the newspaper The New York Times.
The actress conceived the adaptation of Frida Kahlo’s biography for a long time and pushed this project into Miramax company for a long time. Hayek was then at the peak of popularity in Hollywood, and Weinstein agreed. During the work she regularly received obscene suggestions from him and always answered with a refusal: “No – to request to take a shower with him. No – for a request to see how he does it, to ask me to massage, to let his friend nude do me a massage, do oral sex with me, undress before him with another woman, “Hayek says.
After all these failures, Weinstein said that he wants to change the actress. Hayek sued him. Weinstein was forced to agree to leave Hayek, but put forward tough conditions – change the script and invite other celebrities to the project for small roles. All the conditions she fulfilled: Edward Norton rewrote the script and himself starred in the film. Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas and Jeffrey Rush joined the project. By the end of the picture, Weinstein put forward another condition – to add an episode with a lesbian bed scene, and after all that she had to overcome, Hayek agreed. Hayek added that because of the stress she was ill at the site, she was sick, she was constantly drinking soothing.
After the premiere of “Frida” received two “Oscar”, and herself Salma Hayek – the nomination of the best actress. “I carefully concealed the horror that Harvey inspired me,” Hayek wrote.