After Oscar-nominated actor Salma Hayek accused Harvey Weinstein Wednesday of threatening to kill her and forcing her to film a lesbian sex scene, the disgraced movie producer is speaking out about the troubles that plagued the production of 's Frida. Weinstein, through a spokesperson, said he "does not recall" making Hayek, 51, film a "gratuitous sex scene" against her will after she spurned his alleged advances. In an explosive opinion piece published by The New York Times , Hayek said she started "crying and convulsing" and "throwing up" before shooting the scene. 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
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The year-old producer responded in a statement through his rep Wednesday after Hayek accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, including the demanding of a "senseless" lesbian sex scene in the film, which Weinstein's company Miramax produced. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming," the rep said, according to Deadline. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush. She said the producer insisted on including the lesbian sex scene after she rejected his repeated sexual advances and multiple attempts to shut down the movie. He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman. And he demanded full-frontal nudity," the actress wrote. There was no room for negotiation.
'Frida' Is a Testament to Salma Hayek's Talent and Tenacity
Behind the scenes of Frida , Harvey Weinstein terrorized Salma Hayek, bombarding her with sexual advances, private insults, and unreasonable demands. He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. He bought the rights to the project, and Hayek signed on to star and produce. Then, after Hayek continually rebuffed his advances, he allegedly turned on her.
Arrows pierce her mythical deer body, nails puncture her flesh, and her torso is torn open and bound by a body brace as tears stream down her proud, dignified face. In the film, the painting is animated to show Frida slumping over in her chair, head hanging in despair. On December 12, the actress penned a harrowing New York Times op-ed titled " Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too, " which not only detailed disturbing accounts of abusive behavior echoed by many other women, but also specifically how nightmarish Weinstein was during the production of Frida —making absurd demands, bullying on set, and threatening to recast the leading role.