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Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

51-year-old Salma Hayek emphasized ample Breasts in baby blue dress

51-year-old Salma Hayek emphasized ample Breasts in baby blue dress

In a conversation that was part of the "Women in Motion" talk series at Cannes, Hayek said her production company is having trouble keeping up with the demand for female writers and directors.

Weinstein's lawyers denied the claims made by Hayek, stating: "All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired".

Hollywood star Salma Hayek, one of the innumerable women who came forward past year to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, believes disgraced producer only responded to her and Lupita Nyongo's claims because women of colour are the easiest to get discredited.

She said they had also targeted the testimony of "Black Panther" star Lupita Nyong'o knowing that "women of colour are believed less". "It is a well-known fact".

The 51-year-old said the protest, against female underrepresentation at Cannes and beyond, had been "very meaningful ... as a woman [who] has had to go through all the struggles that all women have to go through".

The prestigious Cannes festival has come under criticism for failing to showcase more films by women directors. "You feel it. It's a very palpable atmosphere", she added.

Hayek has become one of the leading voices in the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. More than angrier, because I think we were already angry.

"I can't find enough female writers and directors", Hayek said.

Hayek wrote an essay in The New York Times in December that accused Weinstein of sexual harassment during the making of the film "Frida".

Hayek said that although achieving equality would take time, movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have created a serious long-lasting avenue for change.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Hayek argued that Weinstein singled out Nyong'o and herself because they are women of colour, while most of the accusers were not.

During a career talk at the festival, she also said the current backlash against sexual harassment in the film industry meant "men are terrified". "We should have come together, because that's what's made the difference, we should have come together sooner". "Men have the opportunity, which is so handsome, to rethink what does it mean to be a man".

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