Salma Hayek calls for male stars to take pay cuts for equality

Salma Hayek calls for male stars to take pay cuts for equality

In one of the most vivid accounts of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment, Hayek said the mogul became her nightmare with relentless advances and a death threat.

She believes the industry could have acted sooner to form the #MeToo movement: "We should have been angrier sooner".

She spoke Sunday at a conference at the Cannes Film Festival in support of the fight for gender equality, Reuters reports.

Hayek repeatedly expressed hope that the Me Too movement will offer a chance for men to reexamine their own roles, both in the film industry, and in society as a whole.

In the wake of the scandals that have followed Weinstein's downfall, Hayek said men in Hollywood "are terrified" and that "predators are hiding".

"It is a well-known fact, if you are a woman of colour, people believe what you say less".

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The odd 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.

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"The men are terrified", she said.

The gender pay gap, however, will take far longer to close, Hayek said.

"In the same period, 1,688 male directors have climbed these very same stairs", said actress Cate Blanchett, the president of the festival's jury.

Hayek said inflated fees demanded by some leading actors, whom she did not name, could mean there was less money left for their female co-stars.

"He only responded to two women, two women of color", Hayek said, referencing another statement Weinstein issued against Lupita Nyong'o.

"So he went back, attacking the two women of colour, in [the] hopes that if he could discredit us, which would be easier for the audience [and] the readers to not believe us, then maybe he could discredit the rest".

"It's not just the producers", Hayek said.

While he was producing the 2002 film "Frida", in which Hayek starred, Weinstein insisted that she add an unscripted sex scene with another woman, complete with full-frontal nudity. Later, in January and February, his legal and public relations team also later wrote lengthy statements in response to allegations from Rose McGowan and Uma Thuman.

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