Salma Hayek 'Felt Ashamed' For Delaying Her Weinstein Story


Salma Hayek has addressed the allegations she made against Harvey Weinstein in her powerful New York Times essay, and admitted she endured feelings of shame for not immediately coming forward with her story about the disgraced Hollywood producer.

Hayek went into even more detail during an interview with Oprah Winfrey for the talk show host's Oprah's Super Soul Conversation Live Event.

She has previously revealed in the NY times that Weinstein, who is accused of raping, sexually abusing and harassing dozens of actresses, once threatened to kill her and had pressured her into filming a nude sex scene with a female co-star.

"I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly, and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I've been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier", she said. "I felt like my pain was so small because there were so many others that had the same pain, but for me, it was so big". Also, Oprah has a podcast, because I guess she wanted to try being less successful than Kevin Smith at something.

She explained that she couldn't handle it when The New York Times first approached her about sharing her story. "I started crying because (I had PTSD) (post-traumatic stress disorder)". 'And then I felt ashamed that I was a coward.

"I didn't know there was so many women". The film went on to win an Academy Award, and it was a huge price to pay for Hayek who said Weinstein sexually assaulted her.

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. When, say, Bill Cosby was accused of rape, the people around him all commented on how out of character it sounded for Cosby, because he was such a nice guy. "We are told, 'You have to be the Virgin Mary, but you have to do what I say when I say, OK?"

'He told me, 'I'm going to kill you, " she told Winfrey on Wednesday. The abuse of being constantly underminded because we're women. "It's about evolution", Hayek continued of why she chose to write her op-ed.

But the actress also expressed that it was in part because she felt her "pain was so small compared to all the other stories", and revisiting her experience of harassment was so painful. "I thought, 'There's no point for me to talk because it happens to everyone".

"We have to stop apologizing for being attacked", she said. I don't want our anger to be our motto. 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 terrible thing.