Harvey Weinstein has responded to Salma Hayek’s claims of sexual assault against him, claiming he never forced her to act a lesbian scene.
Salma played Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in 2002 movie Frida, and claimed that Weinstein threatened to block the movie’s production if she didn’t participate in a full lesbian scene.
However, Weinstein , 65, insisted he was the one who actually fought for Salma to be in the movie.
“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,” his rep said in a statement.
“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 theatres and was supported by a huge advertising campaign and an enormous Academy Awards budget.”
With reference to the sex scene, which Salma claims left her ‘crying and convulsing’, Weinstein’s rep insisted, “Mr Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star 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.”
“Others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired, the statement continued.
“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.”