CULTURE RE-VIEW: Salma Hayek speaks out against Harvey Weinstein

Salma Hayek speaks out against Harvey Weinstein on 13 December 2017
Salma Hayek speaks out against Harvey Weinstein on 13 December 2017   -   Copyright  AP Photo
By David Mouriquand

13 December 2017: Salma Hayek speaks out.

On this day five years ago, actress Salma Hayek wrote a personal essay accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.

Hayek’s damning accusations were made public in a New York Times opinion piece on 13 December 2017, titled: "Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too."

In a devastating first-person account, Hayek described how he sexually harassed her during filming of Frida, pressured her into doing a gratuitous sex scene, and threatened to kill her. He was, in her words, a “monster.”

The allegations came after dozens of women had come forward against the Hollywood producer, leading to the fall of Weinstein and the rise of the #MeToo movement, which celebrates its fifth year this year.

In 2020, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and criminal sexual acts and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

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