Salma Hayek, who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing her during the 2002 filming of “Frida,” claims that the disgraced producer only picked out the few non-white accusers to respond to.
Citing Weinstein’s specific denials of the allegations made by her and Lupita Nyong’o, Hayek called them “easiest to get discredited.”
“It is a well-known fact,” she told Variety. “So he went back, attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us.”
Hayek detailed her alleged harassment in a first-person essay in the New York Times in December.
"I don't think he hated anything more than the word 'no,'" the 51-year-old actress wrote.
“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. No, no, no, no, no.”
She also claimed that he threatened to kill her when she refused his advances.
A rep for Weinstein called Hayek a “first-class actress” but denied specific aspects of her claims, including a “gratuitous sex scene with a female costar” in the movie.
Several months earlier, Nyong’o had opened up about her own "inappropriate" interactions with Harvey Weinstein, beginning with a 2011 awards ceremony in Berlin when she was a student at the Yale School of Drama. Over the next six years, she wrote in the New York Times, Weinstein bullied her into giving him a shirtless massage, along with continued harassment.
Weinstein also specifically denied Nyong’o’s claims.
“Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry,” his rep said in a statement. “Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show ‘Eclipsed.’”
While Weinstein has issued a blanket denial to all of the other women who have accused him of misconduct, the only other specific response was to Rose McGowan, in which his rep has issued multiple statements calling her accusations a “bold lie.” He also argued that both Jill Messick, her manager at the time, and Ben Affleck contradicted her allegations.
"Watching the 'performance' by Rose McGowan as she looks to promote her new book, however, has made it impossible to remain quiet as she tries to smear Mr. Weinstein with a bold lie that is denied not only by Mr. Weinstein himself, but by at least two witnesses, including Ms. McGowan's own manager at the time, who Ms. McGowan claims to have confided in the day after the alleged assault and an A-list actor Ben Affleck, who Ms. McGowan claims to have also told about her encounter with Mr. Weinstein shortly after the incident she now describes as 'rape,' but which in 1997 she described to her manager as a 'consensual' act of sex," Ben Brafman previously said in a statement to the Daily News.