Salma Hayek has said that the reason Harvey Weinstein denied her and Lupita Nyong’o’s sexual harassment claims is because they’re women of colour.
Hayek, 51, who accused Weinstein of threatening to kill her in a candid New York Times essay in December, spoke to Variety‘s Ramin Setoodeh at the Women In Motion panel at Cannes Film Festival Sunday.
The actress said of herself and Nyong’o, who accused Weinstein of sexually harassing her back in 2011: “We are the easiest to get discredited. It is a well-known fact that if you are a woman of colour, people believe you less.
“So he went back, attacking the two women of colour, in [the] hopes that if he could discredit us, which would be easier for the audience [and] the readers to not believe us, then maybe he could discredit the rest. So he went to the weakest links.”
Hayek went on, “It’s a proven fact that women of colour are less listened to. The good news is that there’s so many, because if there hadn’t been so many, probably people would have thought that we made that up.”
The comments come after Weinstein’s lawyers insisted: “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.”
Hayek, who was one of the 82 women to walk in a Cannes gender equality protest over the weekend, had previously insisted that she’d said no to Weinstein on numerous occasions, telling her story in an emotional op-ed piece.
“No to me taking a shower with him. 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.”