‘It was a strategy by the lawyers, because we are the easiest to get discredited,’ the Mexican-born actress told Variety.
Harvey Weinstein specifically chose to “discredit” sexual harassment allegations from women of color, Salma Hayek alleged Sunday during a talk at Cannes Film Festival.
“It was a strategy by the lawyers, because we are the easiest to get discredited,” the Mexican-born actress told Variety during a panel discussion. “It is a well-known fact that if you are a woman of color, people believe in you less and believe what you say less. So he went back, attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us … he could then maybe discredit the rest. So he went to the weakest links.”
If there hadn’t been so many accusers, Hayek added, “probably, people would’ve thought that we made that up.”
Hayek, whose December New York Times essay detailed the disgraced movie producer’s alleged pattern of harassment during the production of “Frida,” was one of dozens of women to accuse the movie mogul of sexual misconduct. “I hope that adding my voice to the chorus of those who are finally speaking out will shed light on why it is so difficult, and why so many of us have waited so long,” she wrote.