Salma Hayek speaks frankly about Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo at Cannes

Salma Hayek says Harvey Weinstein specifically denied her Lupita Nyong’o’s allegations because they’re women of color

Salma Hayek says Harvey Weinstein specifically denied her Lupita Nyong’o’s allegations because they’re women of color

Actress Salma Hayek said former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein only responded to sexual harassment allegations from her and actress Lupita N'yongo because women of color are "the easiest to get discredited". "I can't find enough female writers and directors", Hayek said.

Hayek's talk is one of several events during the world's most famous film festival highlighting the treatment of women in the industry.

While the two incidents may have appeared to be isolated, at the Women In Motion panel at Cannes on Sunday, May 13, Hayek argued that Weinstein had been especially dismissive of allegations made by herself and Nyong'o because they are both women of color.

"The actors have to say: 'OK, time's up".

Hayek also sees the activism of the #MeToo Movement carrying over into other causes, such as the calls for gun control in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, shooting. Now is the time for female film makers to show audiences and industry leaders, "look what you were missing all this time", she said. But she also had a warning for these women: "they still want to pay you the exploitative salary they paid you before".

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"We couldn't have done it without a few good men, like my husband", she said, adding that it was "so sexy and unnerving when he comes up with ideas that I should have".

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While Weinstein and his team issued generic denials of many women's accusations, Hayek's and Nyong'o's allegations were among the small handful they addressed by name. "So he went attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us, he could then maybe discredit the rest".

"When you start seeing people standing up for their rights and being heard, it becomes contagious", she said.

"It's an adjustment, we need to all start adjusting and work together", Hayek said. "Men have the opportunity, which is so handsome, to rethink what does it mean to be a man", she said.

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