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

09 February 2018, 05:21 | Ruben Stone

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Months after the Harvey Weinstein scandal rocked Hollywood and spurred a backlash from women in the industry, Salma Hayek is revealing that shame and fear made her hesitate to tell her story sooner.

Hayek Pinault was speaking to Oprah Winfrey at a recording of Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations at the Apollo theater in NY on Wednesday, and outlined her run-ins with Weinstein and their aftermath.

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. "He said to [Frida director] Julie Taymor, 'I am going to break the kneecaps of that 'c-word'". "But I felt like my pain was so small compared to all the other stories".

In her Times piece, she admitted that she was initially "so excited to work with him and that company" and that "in [her] naïveté, [she] thought [her] dream had come true", she added.

"...there was all this turmoil and I started crying when they asked and I ended up not doing it". Then I felt ashamed... I was supporting women for two decades but I couldn't do this... I earned it with blood. "And maybe that's why he didn't rape me".

'He told me, 'I'm going to kill you, " she told Winfrey on Wednesday.

Addressing victims, she said, "I am a short, Mexican-Arab, angry woman. but I don't let that anger blur my vision".

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"I don't want to get into the details ... because we have more important things to talk about ... but I was depressed", Hayek added. It's a feeling many women are only just now discovering they're capable of expressing, complicated by the difficulty of learning how to do so productively while simultaneously experiencing the re-traumatization that comes with revisiting an abusive experience, whether by choice or not. I thought of my daughter...

Hayek noted that she also hesitated because she hadn't told her husband what happened between her and Weinstein and she "thought of all these different things including my child, I didn't want to talk about it". "All these efforts of every single one of you, they pile up until there is an explosion".

'Mr. Weinstein apologizes for his boorish behavior following a screening of "Frida;" prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie-and a reason he took a firm hand in the final edit.

ABC News reached out to Weinstein on Thursday regarding Hayek's comments to Winfrey.

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

Through a representative, Weinstein has denied these allegations and any accusations of non-consensual sex. The producer forced her to do a gratuitous sex scene for Frida with fellow accuser Ashley Judd, and the actress broke down on set.

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