‘I was protecting her’: Salma Hayek says Penelope Cruz was ‘angry’ when she did not open up to her over Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations
- Hayek, 54, previously accused the disgraced movie mogul of inappropriate behavior while working on Frida in 2002
- Weinstein is serving 23 years in prison for sexual assault and rape
- In a new interview, Hayek reveals that her friend Penelope Cruz was “angry” that she did not confide in her
- Weinstein has previously denied Hayek’s claims
Penelope Cruz was “angry” when Salma Hayek did not tell her that she had been sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein.
Hayek, 54, previously accused the disgraced movie mogul – who is serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault and rape – of inappropriate behavior while working on Frida in 2002.
In a new interview, Hayek insisted she was doing her best to “protect” her boyfriend and his career by not telling him what had happened. ‘Some people were very angry with me, like Penélope [Cruz], but I was protecting her, she said.
‘I was protecting her’: Salma Hayek says Penelope Cruz was ‘angry’ when she didn’t tell her about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations (2006 photo)
“I kept an eye on their interaction and it never went for her. They [Miramax] were making the best films. She didn’t have my problem, and if I had told her it would have affected her choices of things that would have been good for her career.
Weinstein previously denied Hayek’s claims.
The Oscar-nominated star revealed her experiences with Weinstein in a 2017 article for the New York Times newspaper and she admitted she thought she “survived brilliantly” until she had to think it over.
She told The Sunday Times Style magazine: “Before I wrote the play, I thought I had survived brilliantly and that was it. So much so that I could see him, smile and pretend everything was fine. I had held on, I was really strong.
Disclaimer: In 2017, Weinstein denied that he “pressured Salma to do a free sex scene with a female co-star.” He also denied the allegations of sexual misconduct
“He didn’t get what he wanted from me and I made the movie that was so important, so meaningful to me, to my gender, and when I say my gender, I’m not just talking about Mexicans, i mean about my kind of woman.
‘Frida is a woman who said, I’m not a woman who’s going to be like anyone else, I’m going to fight for my individuality.
“Suddenly the trauma returned. I thought he was completely healed, but he was just hiding. It came out of nowhere and it took me a while to figure out how to be with it.
In 2017, Weinstein denied that he “pressured Salma to do a free sex scene with a female co-star.” He also denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.
Silent: ‘Some people were very angry with me, like Penélope [Cruz], but I was protecting her, ” said Hayek (the couple pictured in 2006)
“Not all of the sexual claims as described by Salma are accurate and other witnesses to the events have a different account of what happened,” the statement read.
In April this year, Weinstein appealed his conviction for rape and sex crimes, saying he had not received a fair trial and that the incidents were “unmistakably consensual” and that many women who testified at his trial simply think he is “disgusting”.
Lawyers for the disgraced movie mogul filed a 166-page appeal in Manhattan, in which they claimed the judge allowed too much testimony about Weinstein’s reputation and character.
Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison. He is already 69 years old and, as his lawyers regularly pointed out during the trial, in poor health.