Antonio Banderas backs Salma Hayek after Harvey Weinstein denies accusations: 'Her integrity gives credit to her words'

Previously mum when hit with several accusations of rape and sexual harassment, film producer tycoon Harvey Weinstein fired a statement to a searing New York Times op-ed by Hollywood actress Salma Hayek, denying the disturbing acts Hayek alleges he demanded or forced. 

"Mr. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming," read part of his statement, which opposes Salma's accusation of being forced to do a lesbian sex scene in the biopic of Frida, who was indeed regarded a queer individual.  

Hayek's accusations against Weinstein include being constantly harassed for sexual favors and being followed hotel to hotel, location to location with serial advances by the Miramax co-founder. 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Salma Hayek Pinault attends the mothers2mothers Winter Fundraiser, hosted by Salma Hayek Pinault and Francois-Henri Pinault. The dinner is in support of mothers2mothers' work to create a generation free from HIV. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for mothers2mothers)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Salma Hayek at Moet Celebrates The 75th Anniversary of The Golden Globes Award Season at Catch LA on November 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Salma Hayek attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations with Salma Hayek at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Salma Hayek (lead actress, Beatriz at Dinner) attends the AFI FEST Indie Contenders Roundtable at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Salma Hayek arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 9th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actress Salma Hayek attends the 2017 LACMA Art + Film gala at LACMA on November 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SAVANNAH, GA - OCTOBER 29: Actress Salma Hayek poses backstage at Trustees Theater during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on October 29, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)
SAVANNAH, GA - OCTOBER 29: Moderator Leonard Maltin and actress Salma Hayek onstage at 'Beatriz at Dinner' Q&A during the 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on October 29, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Salma Hayek attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Women In Film lunch at Claridge's Hotel on October 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Salma Hayek attends the Alexander McQueen show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois G. Durand/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Salma Hayek and Fran�is-Henri Pinault attends the Giambattista Valli show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Actress Salma Hayek attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: Salma Hayek is seen arriving at Balenciaga fashion show during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images )
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Salma Hayek attends the Altuzarra show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 30, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) Bianca Jagger and Salma Hayek attend the Opening Party at Yves Saint Laurent Museum as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Luc Castel/Getty Images)
Salma Hayek during the Christopher Kane Show as part of London Fashion Week SS18 held at the Blavatnik building, London. Picture Date: Monday 18 September. See PA story CONSUMER Fashion. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Salma Hayek (L) and Sienna Miller attend the mothers2mothers Host Committee Breakfast at Mark's Club on September 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/David Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Salma Hayek attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 17: Actress Salma Hayek (R) and SiriusXM host Symon (L) speak on air as Salma Hayek visits the SiriusXM Studios on August 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
CHATEAU LATOUR, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Salma Hayek and Myriam Lafon attend the Dinner of 'Grands Crus Classes en 1858' on June 18, 2017 in Chateau Latour, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Salma Hayek seen in Manhattan on June 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Salma Hayek arrives to the 'The Daily Show With Trevor Noah' on June 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Salma Hayek Pinault seen out in Manhattan on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (L-R) Actors Connie Britton, John Lithgow and Salma Hayek attend Build to discuss 'Beatriz At Dinner' at Build Studio on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Salma Hayek attends the TimesTalks: The Allegory Of 'Beatriz At Dinner' at New School's Tischman Auditorium on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Actress Salma Hayek is seen on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Salma Hayek attends the Gucci & The Cinema Society Host A Screening Of Roadside Attractions' 'Beatriz At Dinner' - After Party at Mr. Purple on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: (L-R) Salma Hayek, Connie Britton and Chloe Sevigny attend the Gucci & The Cinema Society Host A Screening Of Roadside Attractions' 'Beatriz At Dinner' at the Metrograph on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
On Monday, June 5 2017, actress Salma Hayek in the library of the Soho House in Miami as she waits for media interviews for the upcoming film 'Beatriz at Dinner,' directed by Miguel Arteta. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Salma Hayek attends the screening of 'Miguel Arteta's Beatriz At Dinner' at Mayfiar Hotel on June 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Salma Hayek attends the Sundance London Filmmaker and Press Breakfast at Picturehouse Central on June 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
FLORENCE, ITALY - MAY 29: Salma Hayek arrives at the Gucci Cruise 2018 fashion show at Palazzo Pitti on May 29, 2017 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Gucci)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Francois-Henri Pinault (L) and Salma Hayek attend the 70th Anniversary Dinner during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Kristina Nikishina/Epsilon/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Salma Hayek attends the 70th Anniversary screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Salma Hayek Pinault attends Kering Talks Women In Motion At The 70th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Majestic on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Actress Salma Hayek attends Kering Women in motion Lunch with Madame Figaro on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 22: Salma Hayek attends the Chopard Trophy photocall at Hotel Martinez on May 22, 2017 in (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Fran�ois Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek are spotted at the Majestic Hotel during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - MAY 10: Salma Hayek attends Cini party during the 57th International Art Biennale on May 10, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Salma Hayek attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Naomi Campbell (L) and Salma Hayek attend the 'Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story' dinner hosted by Sean 'Diddy' Combs & Naomi Campbell presented by Apple Music at Loulou's on May 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Apple/Sean 'Diddy' Combs)
Salma Hayek and Eugenio Derbez attending at red carpet of film Premiere Latin Lover at Teatro Metropolitan on May 03, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico (Photo by Carlos Tischler/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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In the aftermath of Weinstein's rebuttal rhetoric, Hayek's former costar (see: 1995's Desperado and 2003's Once Upon a Time in Mexico) Antonio Banderas issued a statement of his own via social media Thursday morning (Dec. 14). Saddened by what his friend is dealing with, Banderas showed his support for his dear friend: "Her integrity and honesty as a woman and as a professional make me give absolute credit to her words."

See Banderas' tweet below.

 

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