Salma Hayek calls for actors to take a pay cut

Share

In one of the most vivid accounts of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment, Hayek said the mogul became her nightmare with relentless advances and a death threat.

At the Cannes film festival American actress appeared in a blue dress with a deep neckline accentuating her ample bosom. "The good news is that there's so many, because if there hadn't been so many, probably people would have thought that we made that up". "I hope that adding my voice to the chorus of those who are finally speaking out will shed light on why it is so hard, and why so many of us have waited so long", she wrote.

Weinstein denied Hayek's accusations soon after they were published. It is a well-known fact that if you are a woman of colour, people believe you less.

Hayek was among 82 women who took part in a red carpet protest on Saturday.

The 51-year-old actress came forward last year as one of over 50 women to place misconduct allegations against the disgraced producer, and her claims were met with a denial from Weinstein himself.

Weinstein at the time issued a lengthy statement of denial.


"It was a strategy by the lawyers, because we are the easiest to get discredited", the Mexican-born actress told Variety during a panel discussion. She also said that male stars should get less pay as way to even things up with chronically underpaid women.

Cumberbatch, who has his own production company, said that he will use his platform to further pay parity for women in entertainment.

It will require not only fearless salary negotiation, but also, perhaps, some male actors' giving up a portion of their inflated salaries to be able to pay women salaries that are on par with theirs, she said.

"I can't find enough female writers and directors", Hayek said.

While he was producing the 2002 film "Frida", in which Hayek starred, Weinstein insisted that she add an unscripted sex scene with another woman, complete with full-frontal nudity. "So he went attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us, he could then maybe discredit the rest". In subsequent months, his team also disputed Rose McGowan's rape allegation and released a series of photos of Weinstein with accuser Uma Thurman meant to "demonstrate the strong relationship Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Thurman had had over the years".

"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise [.] We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination and progress".

Share