Salma Hayek 'ashamed' she wasn't part of original Weinstein expose

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The "Once Upon A Time in Mexico" actress also said she was "ashamed" she didn't come forward with her story sooner, noting she was approached to be a part of the first expose.

'Over the 20 years plus since the movie's success, Ms. Hayek and Mr. Weinstein's daughters have had play dates, their families have enjoyed time together when running into each other on vacations, and the two have had dinners where they pitched and discussed projects such as Ms. Hayek asking Harvey to distribute her movie "Evelyn" and Mr. Weinstein pitching her a remake of "The Lives of Others" with Penelope Cruz about a South American dictatorship.

She told Oprah that "I felt like my pain was so small" than others. "For years, he was my monster", she wrote in the essay, which details his increasing fury to Hayek rejecting his forceful advances. "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. She went on to say, "And then I felt ashamed that I was a coward".

"I didn't know there was so many women". "Everyone, including Reese - I've said this to her - was acting like, I was seeing some of the girls at my school behave, who were suffering from PTSD".

Hayek eventually detailed her allegations in a Times op-ed published in December. She told Oprah that during the five-year making and releasing of Frida, "He told me he wanted to kill me". I went, 'Yes, no, yes, no, yes, no.

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"[Weinstein] was not the first guy to do this to me". The abuse of being constantly underminded because we're women.

Hayek has accused the disgraced producer of sexually harassing her a number of times throughout their longstanding professional relationship - something which he vehemently denies.

Hayek needn't have felt this way: Uma Thurman, for one, waited until this month to tell her story, because she couldn't until now eloquently express her anger. "I thought of the shame (sic)".

She added: 'It's important to take responsibility for the things we do to others, but we must stop apologizing for being attacked and we must move into a place where you can actually have a conversation. I thought of my daughter... "All these efforts of every single one of you, they pile up until there is an explosion".

"Mr. Weinstein regards Salma Hayek as a first-class actress and cast her in several of his movies, among them "Once Upon a Time in Mexico, ' 'Dogma, ' and 'Studio 54, '" the statement continued". (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.