Weinstein trying to discredit women of colour: Hayek

Weinstein trying to discredit women of colour: Hayek

Weinstein trying to discredit women of colour: Hayek

The unusual thing about Weinstein's denial, Hayek noted, was not that he refuted the claims, but that he or his team said anything about them at all - most of Weinstein's sexual abuse accusers have not been directly addressed by the producer.

Hollywood star Salma Hayek, one of the innumerable women who came forward a year ago to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, believes disgraced producer only responded to her and Lupita Nyongo's claims because women of colour are the easiest to get discredited. "If it's centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects". "It is a well-known fact. Otherwise they will kill the movie". "I hope I can get another job".

Hayek said Weinstein's direct responses were only to herself, and the accusations lodged against him by Nyong'o.

"I can't find enough female writers and directors", Hayek said.

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The actress and producer, who says she has sold a raft of female-led projects "that I had been trying to make for 10 years" since the Weinstein scandal shook up Hollywood, said real change was happening.

On Monday, Cannes Film Festival artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, signed a pledge to promote gender parity and transparency at the festival. "You feel this very palpable atmosphere", she concluded. Regarding Hayek, the mogul's spokesperson said, "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". In subsequent months, his team also disputed Rose McGowan's rape allegation and released a series of photos of Weinstein with accuser Uma Thurman meant to "demonstrate the strong relationship Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Thurman had had over the years".

Hayek said that although achieving equality would take time, movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have created a serious long-lasting avenue for change.

"We should have been angrier soon. Men have the opportunity, which is so attractive, to rethink what does it mean to be a man", she said.

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