Harvey Weinstein denies Salma Hayek allegations, says he 'does not recall pressuring' actress to do lesbian sex scene

Disgraced former studio boss Harvey Weinstein has been mostly silent lately about the dozens of allegations of sexual assault and misconduct lodged against him by a number of actresses over the past few months. But on Wednesday (Dec. 13), the once powerful Miramax/The Weinstein Company head fired back with a detailed response to a shocking New York Times op-ed posted earlier in the day by Salma Hayek in which the actress alleged that Weinstein pressured her into a lesbian sex scene in the Miramax biopic Frida, along with allegations that he asked her to shower with him, to let him watch her shower, give him a massage or let him giver her oral sex.

Hayek also claimed that Weinstein once threatened to kill her following one of her serial refusals of his advances and that he verbally insulted her on the set of the 2002 film. In a statement released to USA Today through a spokesperson, Weinstein said that "all of the sexual allegations portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired." Weinstein initially issued an apology unspecified past actions, but has vehemently denied claims that he sexually assaulted or raped any of the women who have accused him of those crimes.

Among the demands Hayek alleged that Weinstein made and which she refused were: "No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn’t even involved with. No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman."

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Salma Hayek wearing a beaded brocade dress; circa 1990; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
Mexican movie star Salma Hayek, among the guests of honor at the Milan Fashion Week, sits next to Antonia Dell'Atte to attend the fashion show of Giorgio Armani's spring/summer collection; the Italian model, wearing a fancy black and gray dress, used to be Armani's muse in the Eighties. Milan (Italy), 7th March 1998. (Photo by Alberto Roveri/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
FRANCE - MAY 01: Cannes 95: Photo Call 'Desperados' In Cannes, France On May, 1995-Salma Hayek. (Photo by Pool BENAINOUS/DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Salma Hayek (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Salma Hayek during Celebrity Auction to Benefit LA Youth Network - October 1, 1996 at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Salma Hayek (Photo by Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - circa 1997: Salma Hayek at Planet Hollywood. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Salma Hayek (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Salma Hayek during Tom Ford of Gucci Hosts Fashion Benefit for APLA - June 5, 1997 at Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
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Salma Hayek during Cannes 1999 at La Croisette in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 5: Actress Salma Hayek and actor Hugh Grant attend the Eighth Annual MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 1999 at The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Salma Hayek (Photo by Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: Salma Hayek arrives during the Sony Tropfest Film Festival at the Domain February 22, 2004 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
Carlos Santana and Salma Hayek during 2004 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute Event Honoring Carlos Santana- Arrivals at The Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Salma Hayek during After The Sunset New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Salma Hayek during 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Salma Hayek (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
Salma Hayek during Bandidas Paris Premiere in Paris, France. (Photo by Tony Barson Archive/WireImage)
Salma Hayek during The 21st Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring George Clooney - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Salma Hayek and Clive Owen attend the afterparty for the premiere of Universal's 'Children of Men' at the Napa Valley Grille on November 16, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - JUNE 8: Actress Salma Hayek and partner, chief executive officer of PPR, Francois-Henri Pinault arrive Pinault's private dinner at the Fondazione Cini during the 52nd annual Biennale June 8, 2007 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 20: Actor Salma Hayek attends Global Green USA's 5th annual awards season celebration at Avalon Hollywood on February 20, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Actress Salma Hayek attends the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 18, 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actress Salma Hayek attends the 'Rock The Kasbah' fundraising gala benefitting Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Unite foundation on October 23, 2008 at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Salma Hayek arrives at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Salma Hayek attends the Palme d'Or Closing Ceremony held at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual International Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2010 in Cannes, France.
PARIS - OCTOBER 04: Salma Hayek arrives for the Stella McCartney Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show during Paris Fashion Week at Opera Garnier on October 4, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
Actress Salma Hayek attends the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the residence of the French Ambassador on April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Salma Hayek attends the Opening Ceremony at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas and Mexican actress Salma Hayek pose during the 'Puss in Boots' photocall at Carlton Beach during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2011 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek attend the 'Il Mondo Vi Appartiene' Dinner during the 54th International Art Biennale at Fondazione Cini on June 1, 2011 in Venice, Italy.
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actress Salma Hayek attends the 'Puss In Boots' Los Angeles Premiere at Regency Village Theatre on October 23, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 15: Actress Salma Hayek attends the 'La Chispa De La Vida' Photocall during day seven of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt on February 15, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frederic Nebinger/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Salma Hayek attends the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/VF12/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Actress Salma Hayek attends 'The Prophet' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Film Francais/WireImage)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 06: Salma Hayek attends the The Prophet - Press Conference on Day 6 of the second Ajyal Youth Film Festival on December 6, 2014 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for DFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Salma Hayek and Francois- Henri Pinault attend the World Premiere of 'Exodus Gods and Kings' at Odeon Leicester Square on December 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Salma Hayek attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2015 Golden Globes After Party presented by FIJI Water, Lexus, Laura Mercier and Marie Claire at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Salma Hayek speaks during The Facebook Creative Talks Part 1, as part of Advertising Week Europe, Piccadilly, on March 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images for Advertising Week)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Salma Hayek attends the 'Il Racconto Dei Racconti' ('Tale of Tales') photocall during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/FilmMagic,)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Salma Hayek attends the 'Rocco And His Brothers' Premiere during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Salma Hayek attends a Mamarazzi Event celebrating 'The Prophet' hosted by THE MOMS with Funoogles and Plaque HQ at the Dolby 88 Theater on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Actress Salma Hayek attends the 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Actress Salma Hayek attends the 22nd Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Salma Hayek attends Charlotte Tilbury's naughty Christmas party celebrating the launch of Charlotte's new flagship beauty boutique in Covent Garden on December 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Charlotte Tilbury)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JANUARY 16: Mexican actress and producer Salma Hayek poses for pictures during the press conference to promote the animated film 'El Profeta' at Hotel St Regis on January 16, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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Hayek said she eventually agreed to the alleged demand from Weinstein that he would let her finish the film if she "agreed to do a sex scene with another woman" that included full-frontal nudity, noting that she was not troubled the day of shooting the scene because she would be naked with another woman, but because "I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein." In his statement, Weinstein said he could not recall pressuring Hayek to do a "gratuitous sex scene" with her female costar and that he was not on set for the filming of the scene.

Weinstein also noted that Jennifer Lopez was interested in the role at the time and was "a bigger star," but that he "overruled other investors" to back Hayek as the lead. The once-feared studio mogul -- whose alleged decades-long trail of sexual impropriety helped spark the still-unfolding #MeToo movement that has exposed allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against dozens of prominent figures in entertainment, sports, media and politics -- admitted in his response to some unspecified "boorish" behavior following screening of Frida, but chalked that up to his "disappointment in the cut of the movie."

Weinstein's full statement: 

Mr. Weinstein regards Salma Hayek as a first-class actress and cast her in several of his movies, among them Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Dogma, and Studio 54. He was very proud of her Best Actress Academy Award nomination for Frida and continues to support her work.

While Jennifer Lopez was interested in playing Frida and at the time was a bigger star, Mr. Weinstein overruled other investors to back Salma as the lead. Miramax put up half of the money and all of the P&A the budget was over 12 million.  As in most collaborative projects, there was creative friction on Frida, but it served to drive the project to perfection. The movie opened in multiple theaters and was supported by a huge advertising campaign and an enormous Academy Awards budget.

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. However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene in the movie was choreographed by Ms. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush. The original uni-brow used was an issue because it diverted attention from the performances. All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired.

Ed Norton, who was Ms. Hayek’s boyfriend at the time, (worked with Mr. Weinstein on the rewrite of the script in Mexico) did a brilliant job of rewriting the script and Mr. Weinstein battled the WGA to get him a credit on the film. His effort was unsuccessful to everyone’s disappointment.

By Mr. Weinstein’s own admission, his boorish behavior following a screening of Frida was prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie—and a reason he took a firm hand in the final edit, alongside the very skilled director Julie Taymor.

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Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
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Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Kadian Noble, has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein in New York federal court accusing the movie producer of sex trafficking by inviting her to a hotel room in France and sexually assaulting her.
Paz de la Huerta, who stars on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' claims Harvey Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in 2010: "I was in no state. I was so terrified of him," she told Vanity Fair. "I did say no, and when he was on top of me, I said, 'I don't want to do this' ... It was disgusting. He's like a pig."
British actress Lysette Anthony has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in her home in the late 1980s.
Amber Anderson said Harvey Weinstein 'behaved inappropriately' and bragged about other actresses he had 'helped' in exchange for sexual favors.
Natassia Malthe has accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room. On a separate occasion, after she was assured that Weinstein would not come onto her, she was allegedly escorted to Weinstein's hotel room by an assistant. In the room was another woman, who performed oral sex on Weinstein whil he asked Malthe to join.
Lupita Nyong'o wrote a detailed essay for the New York Times recounting multiple incidents with Weinstein, including an evening during which he asked her to give him a nude massage while his family was in the same home.
Marisa Coughlan said that she planned to meet Weinstein for a meeting at his hotel. Instead, he requested a massage.

Heather Graham said Weinstein told her he had an agreement with his wife that allowed him to sleep with whomever he wants. He then asked him to meet her to discuss a film project at his hotel, falsely telling her that her friend would also be present. She declined.

French actress Judith Godreche has accused Weinstein of inappropriately pressing up against her, trying to remove her sweater and asking for a massage.

Lauren Holly said that during a seemingly normal meeting with Weinstein to discuss a project, he began disrobing, got into the shower, and went to the bathroom while continuing to converse with her. He then allegedly asked her for a massage. She fled. 
Angie Everhart said that she was sleeping in her own cabin on a yacht when Harvey Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating. He told her not to tell anyone, but she "told everyone," including many actors and producers. In response, most told her that it was just Harvey being Harvey. In an interview with TMZ, she emphasized that anyone in the industry who knew Harvey at all knew that he regularly did things like what he allegedly did to her.
Kate Beckinsale has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in his hotel room when she was 17 years old.
Tara Subkoff said that in the 1990s, on the same day that she was offered a major movie role, she met Harvey Weinstein at a party. He allegedly made her sit on his lap while he had an erection. He then told her that if he did not do certain sexual things, she would not get the role that she'd already been offered. She declined. Afterward, she said, her "reputation was ruined by false gossip" and she found it near impossible to book roles.
Minka Kelly said that Harvey Weinstein offered her a lavish lifestyle in exchange for being his extramarital girlfriend. She declined.
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage in his hotel suite. After she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, Pitt confronted him, leading Weinstein to contact Paltrow and "scream" at her, she said.
Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of raping her in his hotel room when she was 21. She first reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her. During subsequent encounters, she had consensual sexual relations with him due to fear that he would otherwise ruin her career.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In October 2016, she tweeted reference to a studio head raping her. In October 2017, in a tweet to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan referred to Weinstein by name while repeating her rape accusation. The alleged incident took place in the 1990s and resulted in a financial settlement.
Cara Delevingne has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempting to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room. She had just begun her acting career and believed they were meeting just to finalize talks for a film role.
Angelina Jolie said she had a "bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" and refused to work with him subsequently.
Jessica Barth has accused Harvey Weinstein of demanding that she get naked and give him a massage.
Emma de Caunes has accused Harvey Weinstein of unexpectedly getting naked and demanding that she lie down as other women had supposedly done before her.
Lauren Sivan has accused Harvey Weinstein of cornering her in a public space and masturbating to completion in front of her.
Mira Sorvino, seen here at a Weinstein Co. event in January 2017, said that after refusing Harvey Weinstein's advances, he dissuaded others in the industry from hiring her.
Ambra Battilana has accused Harvey Weinstein of groping her breasts and reaching under her skirt. She went to the NYPD and then conducted a sting operation, the audio of which was published by the New Yorker. In the audio, Weinstein can be heard attempting to coerce her to enter his hotel room.
Louisette Geiss has accused Harvey Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room after assuring her he wouldn't hit on her. He then disrobed and repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, telling her he would produce her screenplay if she did.
Emily Nestor (far right), a former Weinstein Co. employee, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Rosanna Arquette has accused Harvey Weinstein of dissuading others from hiring her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also accused others in the industry of knowing of Weinstein's misconduct and either actively or passively hiding it.
Ashley Judd has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of asking her for a massage and then asking her to watch him shower.
Florence Darel has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in a hotel suite in 1996 while his wife was in the room next door.
Zoe Brock (left, in 2004) has accused Weinstein of getting naked and chasing her around a hotel room after she refused to give him a massage.
Katherine Kendall (right, in 2006) has accused Harvey Weinstein of disrobing and asking for a massage in his apartment after a movie screening, telling her that "everybody does it." He then asked her to at least show him her breasts, which she refused.
Romola Garai has accused Harvey Weinstein of making her feel "violated" when he watched her audition wearing only a bathrobe in his hotel room.
Lea Seydoux has accused Harvey Weinstein of forcibly trying to kiss her on the lips in 2012.
Claire Forlani said she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein on five occasions. He allegedly told her about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had in turn established their careers. He also attempted to get her to give him a massage.
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