Jessica Chastain applauds Salma Hayek for speaking against Weinstein

ANI | Updated: Dec 17, 2017 03:00 IST

Washington DC [USA], Dec 17 (ANI): Actress Jessica Chastain is all praises for Salma Hayek for speaking out against digraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

After retweeting the actress's op-ed in the New York Times, in which Hayek detailed the alleged harassment by the producer, Chastain, while giving an interview to a leading entertainment show, came forward to praise the piece as "moving", and to dub Salma, 51, as incredible," reports

The 'Molly's Game' star said, "That was so moving, that op-ed she wrote, and it really goes to show its so important what is happening right now with all these women coming forward and talking about their stories and talking about the walls that they faced in their industry."

The 'Frida' actress recently claimed in an essay that she was forced to turn down a number of sexual advances made by the disgraced producer.

While speaking about Hayek's claims, Chastain noted, "What I got from that article is: Man, Salma Hayek, not only is she an incredible actress but what a great producer she is. Reading all those hoops she was jumping through, how she got her movie made. I thank goodness for her and I'm so grateful she is in our industry. I hope that what's happening now will create lasting change for more artists like Salma Hayek to have an opportunity to tell stories."

In her article, Salma claims the 65-year-old producer told her she was ''nobody'' when they first began working together, and he had made her feel ''validated'' when she was cast in his movies.

"I was so excited to work with him and that company. In my naïvete, I thought my dream had come true. He had validated the last 14 years of my life. He had taken a chance on me - a nobody. He had said yes. Little did I know it would become my turn to say no. No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn't even involved with. No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman. No, no, no, no, no," Hayek wrote.

Just hours after the article was published, a spokesperson for Weinstein issued a statement claiming the producer ''does not recall'' pressuring the star to do a ''gratuitous sex scene'' on the set of 'Frida', but did not address her other allegations

In the statement, Weinstein denied the allegation and said the scene was choreographed by Hayek herself. (ANI)