Salma Hayek 'Felt Ashamed' For Delaying Her Weinstein Story

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In a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey for the media mogul's Super Soul Conversation special on Wednesday, Hayek revealed that she was approached to be a part of the Times' first expose on Weinstein, but turned it down.

Salma came forward back in December and shared her experience working with the now disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein on the Oscar-winning 2002 film Frida. "I felt like my pain was so small because there were so many others that had the same pain, but for me, it was so big".

It was an emotional piece for Hayek to scribe - so emotional, she nearly didn't write it!

Salma Hayek shocked fans when she revealed that she was on the long list of celebrities and famous actresses who fell victim to Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct.

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"I ended up not doing it", she said.

'And then I felt ashamed, that I was a coward. "I was supporting women for two decades and then I was a coward", she continued. According to Hayek, filming the 2002 biopic Frida with Weinstein was a drawn-out process that included his subjecting her to sexual harassment, extensive emotional abuse, and even a death threat.

"Harvey, he had a lot of respect for me".

ABC News reached out to Weinstein on Thursday regarding Hayek's comments to Winfrey. "We are told, 'You have to be the Virgin Mary, but you have to do what I say when I say, OK?" She claimed that he repeatedly propositioned her to take a shower with him or let him watch her take a shower, give him a massage or let him give her oral sex, and more inappropriate behavior. "[Weinstein] was not the first guy to do this to me", she said. "You have to be attractive but you cannot be too attractive because then you are telling me that I can do whatever I want with you.' What the f*ck is with you?" And finally, I said it, because there was something I felt nobody had talked about which was it was not only the abuse, the sexual harassment, it's the undermining.

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Hayek needn't have felt this way: Uma Thurman, for one, waited until this month to tell her story, because she couldn't until now eloquently express her anger. "I think that sometimes we underestimate our efforts. and the power that it has for change".

She added: 'It's important to take responsibility for the things we do to others, but we must stop apologizing for being attacked and we must move into a place where you can actually have a conversation.

Among other allegations, Hayek, 51, says Weinstein threatened to kill her, and pressured her into doing a nude scene with her female co-star (and close friend) Ashley Judd. "There always is a way out", she added.

Salma Hayek claimed at one point on set, Weinstein told the film's director, Julie Taymor, "I am going to break the kneecaps of that "C-word".

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Oprah at the Apollo will air on February 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and will be available via podcast at Oprah's Super Soul Conversations.

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