Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein threatened to 'break my kneecaps'

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In an op-ed in the New York Times, the mother-of-one detailed all the times she reportedly said no to the power play: 'No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn't even involved with.

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.

"I felt like my pain was so small compared with that of others", she said, adding that she had not even told her husband or friends like Penelope Cruz and Robert Rodriguez about the alleged mistreatment.

The Frida actress-who wrote a rousing first person December op-ed for the New York Times after declining to be a part of the original October exposé-opened up about how her initial reaction to the publication's call was humiliation. "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.

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"They contacted me to be a part of the first story, The New York Times. already I started crying when they asked, and I ended up not doing it", Hayek shared. "I felt ashamed that I was a coward. I was supporting women for two decades and then I was a coward", she continued.

"Harvey, he had a lot of respect for me".

Weinstein's publicity team spoke out and said that Weinstein holds Hayek at the highest regard.

Weinstein denied the allegations at the time and in a statement said he "does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming". Nobody cares about what I have to say, already other people said it.' That's the other thing, that was the next step. No to me taking a shower with him. Also, Oprah has a podcast, because I guess she wanted to try being less successful than Kevin Smith at something. I went, 'Yes, no, yes, no, yes, no. "He said to ['Frida" director] Julie Taymor, "I am going to break the kneecaps of that 'c word'". I thought of the shame. "I couldn't get out".

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Harvey Weinstein and Salma Hayek attend a Miramax event on March 22, 2003.

Salma Hayek and Oprah speak onstage during "Oprah's Super Soul Conversations" at The Apollo Theater on February 7, 2018 in NY.

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