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Salma Hayek felt ashamed

Salma Hayek felt ashamed

Salma Hayek feels "ashamed" that she wasn't courageous enough to be part of the original expose detailing Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct.

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.

"When the information about Harvey came out, I was ashamed I didn't say anything".

Hayek told Oprah she "felt like [her] pain was so small compared to all the other stories", though she certainly bared the brunt of Weinstein's tyrannical on-set harassment, like many other women.

Hayek revealed that it took her months to write her original op-ed, and she would cry every time she picked up a pen. "He claimed that my name as an actress was not big enough and that I was incompetent as a producer", Hayek wrote, after sharing the legal struggle she entered with Weinstein following his attempts to remove her from the film. "I started crying when they asked and I ended up not doing it".

She added: "I was ashamed I didn't say anything. I was supporting women for two decades and then I was a coward", she continued. "I earned it with blood, but he did".

"He never raped me [but the harassment] was not one or two occasions".




During an interview with Oprah, the actress, 51, alleged Weinstein, 65, went so far as to threaten physical violence against the star when they were working on the film Frida, of which Hayek was Oscar-nominated. I don't want us to go from victims to angry.

"I don't want to get into the details. because we have more important things to talk about. but I was depressed", Hayek noted. "I handled it really well". "You're reacting the way I have seen molested children act because they think they're the only ones this has happened to".

Hayek said in her December op-ed that Weinstein harassed her over the course of five years. I thought of my daughter...

"We have to stop apologizing for being attacked", she said.

"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". Mr. Weinstein never fought with Ms. Hayek on set and this comment does not reflect how he feels about her; he doesn't recall ever saying such an very bad thing. (It should be pointed out that Weinstein took advantage of her sense of powerlessness by repeatedly telling her that she was a "nobody", which is its own kind of devastating abuse.) But her story is certainly brutal, nonetheless.

On Wednesday evening, Hayek spoke in person with Oprah Winfrey for her SuperSoul Conversations series (the conversation will be available on the podcast). The producer forced her to do a gratuitous sex scene for Frida with fellow accuser Ashley Judd, and the actress broke down on set.