Harvey Weinstein has apologised to Salma Hayek after she alleged he ‘screamed’ at her when they worked together on the movie Frida.
In a recent interview, Hayek, 55, recalled a reported phone conversation she had with Weinstein, 69, after he saw her transformation as Mexican artist Frida Kahlo for the 2002 film.
According to the Eternals actress in her Guardian interview, Weinstein ‘screamed’ that he ‘didn’t hire [her] to look ugly’ after seeing she had a moustache and monobrow like the real life artist.
Hayek said she stood up for herself and replied: ‘“But didn’t you ever look at a picture of Frida Kahlo?” If a man was playing Cyrano de Bergerac, he wouldn’t say, “What’s with the nose?”’
However, Weinstein has suggested the conversation didn’t happen. The film producer is currently serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted of rape last year.
In a statement shared with Metro.co.uk, Weinstein’s publicist told us: ‘He is very dismayed by this. He said that arguments on set are sadly a frequent occurrence, but that he really only fought with the director Julie Taymor.
‘He believes Salma Hayek could never be ugly and she embodies the essence, strength and beauty of Frida Kahlo. He also apologises to Ms Hayek for ever making her feel sad.’
Earlier this year, Hayek told InStyle that she was determined to get the movie Frida made despite Weinstein’s harassment and interference.
‘Some people got raped. It makes you wonder if you had said something [back then], would it have been different?’ she said.
‘How come I didn’t have the courage? But I dealt with it to the best of my ability at the time. For me Frida was a political statement, a social statement, a feminist statement.
‘It was my way of screaming. And Harvey used my way of screaming to repress me even more. So I could not let him win.’
Hayek’s claims against Weinstein from the project included attempts to coerce her into a sex scene with a woman, ask her to accept oral sex and take a shower with him – all of which she refused – and threatening ‘to kill her’.
Weinstein refuted her allegations when she made them in 2017, arguing he ‘did not recall’ them or else labelling them ‘inaccurate’.
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