Harvey Weinstein’s Hollywood sexual rampages are all a blur to him now. He released a statement saying he can’t recall threatening Salma Hayek on the set of “Frida,” but, what the heck, he apologized anyway, because, well, he’s just a “boorish” guy.
Hayek detailed the incident in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“He told me he wanted to kill me. He said to Julie Taymor, ‘I am going to break the kneecaps of that ‘c-word,'” she said.
In response, Weinstein issued a statement recalling “creative friction” on set, But he said his animus was aimed at director Julie Taymor.
According to the statement:
“As in most collaborative projects, there was creative friction on ‘Frida,’ and in this case, it served to drive the project to perfection. It wasn’t an easy process and Mr. Weinstein apologizes for the way he may have approached the situation. He hopes all involved can at least agree that the movie was fantastic. Mr. Weinstein apologizes for his boorish behavior following a screening of ‘Frida’, prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie – and a reason he took a firm hand in the final edit.”
The statement went on to say Weinstein never “fought” with Hayek on set. “He doesn’t recall ever saying such an awful thing.”
Hayek has also charged that the former movie mogul sexually harassed her a number of times.
The statement continued:
“Over the 20 years plus since the movie’s success, Ms. Hayek and Mr. Weinstein’s daughters have had play dates, their families have enjoyed time together when running into each other on vacations, and the two have had dinners where they pitched and discussed projects such as Ms. Hayek asking Harvey to distribute her movie ‘Evelyn’ and Mr. Weinstein pitching her a remake of ‘The Lives of Others’ with Penelope Cruz about a South American dictatorship.”
Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct over the course of his career, but has denied the allegations.