Harvey Weinstein Denies Salma Hayek’s ‘Sexual Allegations’ In New Statement!

Harvey Weinstein speaks!

Harvey Weinstein is shutting down Salma Hayek‘s claims about sexual harassment over filming Frida!

In case you missed it, the actress wrote about the “monster” in an op-ed for The New York Times, detailing how she persistently she had to turn down his sexual advances and demands.

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Through a statement made by his spokesperson, the disgraced movie producer finally responded to her allegations on Wednesday. He went so far as to call her claims “not accurate.”

Harvey’s rep shared with Deadline:

“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.”

It also touched on how Harvey went against investors to bring Salma onto the film and not “bigger star” Jennifer Lopez, and how he cast her in more films.

It just doesn’t end.

You can read his statement in full (below):

“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├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥and a reason he took a firm hand in the final edit, alongside the very skilled director Julie Taymor.”

Salma has yet to comment on his statement.

We’ll continue to keep you updated!

[Image via Dave Bedrosian/Future Image/WENN.]

Dec 14, 2017 10:02am PST

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