Hayek’s account comes two months after explosive reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker detailed decades of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. Dozens of other women have since come forward with stories about Weinstein, who has been ousted from the company he co-founded, dumped by his wife, Georgina Chapman, and kicked out of the academy that awards the Oscars.
The allegations against Weinstein have set in motion a historic reckoning against sexual harassers and assaulters, toppling powerful men in entertainment, the media, politics and sports.
Hayek said she hadn’t spoken up earlier because she “brainwashed” herself “into thinking that it was over and that [she] had survived.”
“I hid from the responsibility to speak out with the excuse that enough people were already involved in shining a light on my monster. … In reality, I was trying to save myself the challenge of explaining several things to my loved ones: Why, when I had casually mentioned that I had been bullied like many others by Harvey, I had excluded a couple of details. And why, for so many years, we have been cordial to a man who hurt me so deeply,” she wrote.
Hayek acknowledged the movement sparked by the Weinstein stories, writing that she is “grateful for everyone who is listening to our experiences.”
“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. Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can.”
You can read Hayek’s op-ed here.