On Tuesday, The New York Times published an op-ed written by Salma Hayek detailing the alleged horrors of working with Harvey Weinstein on the 2002’s Frida. Salma claimed she was faced with a non-stop barrage of sexual harassment, sexual assault, requests to look sexier as Frida Kahlo, blatant threats of murder and general bullying.
Well, gather ’round, it’s time for another edition of Harvey Weinstein Half-Assed Apology Theater!
A spokesperson, who probably doesn’t get paid nearly enough for this bullshit, released a statement yesterday to NBC News. It’s full of back-handed compliments, which proves two things. One, that Harvey clearly isn’t in asshole rehabilitation. And two, that nothing good ever comes from Harvey’s hands.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 14, 2017
Here’s the gist of it. Harvey says there was “creative friction” on the set of Frida, but that it produced a perfect project. He claims he never pressured Salma into a nude lesbian sex scene. As for Salma’s claim that Harvey demanded she lose the unibrow, Harvey says that it was the original unibrow that was causing problems.
One of Salma’s claims was that Harvey demanded a rewrite of the Frida script. Edward Norton stepped in, rewrote the script, and then never got a writing credit on the film. Harvey claims he worked on the rewrite with Edward, and that he petitioned to get Edward that writing credit, but the WGA didn’t give it to him. Harvey also claims he personally oversaw the final edit the film.
Harvey also fully denies Salma’s sexual assault claims, saying that witnesses would also deny them.
But the shadie claim in Harvey’s denial is when he denies Salma’s story about offering the script and role to another actress. Salma alleges that after she turned down Harvey’s many advances, he told her that he had given the script and role of Frida Kahlo to another actress. Harvey says he personally overruled investors of the film and chose Salma Hayek in the lead role over the much “bigger star” and alleged first choice, Jennifer Lopez. To imply Salma Hayek was some C-list actress that couldn’t book a job is just rude. But to tease us with an alternate universe in which “Love Don’t Cost A Thing“-era JLo is giving a messy Razzie Award-caliber performance in a prestige biopic is just downright mean.