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Weinstein trying to discredit women of colour: Hayek

Weinstein trying to discredit women of colour: Hayek

Hayek hopes that the #MeToo movement will offer a chance to men to re-examine their own roles, both in the film industry, and in society as a whole.

Halfway up the stairs at the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday stood 82 women, representing the 82 female directors who have climbed those same stairs since the first year the festival was held, 1946.

"The predators are hiding", she said. "You feel it. It's a very palpable atmosphere", she added.

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".

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

Her refusals of massages, showers and sex enraged him, she wrote, adding: "I don't think he hated anything more than the word "no". The protest ended with Cate Blanchett along with veteran documentary filmmaker reading a collective statement from the group which highlighted the need for institutions to provide safer working conditions for women, and for governments to uphold equal pay laws.

Hayek said men should not be afraid of change in the gender balance.

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"The actors have to say: 'OK, time's up. Look at your quotas", Cumberbatch said.

Hayek also remarked on her allegation of sexual harassment made against Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed in December.

Weinstein and his team of publicists rarely responded to allegations from individual women in the news, providing general statements and denials to the press.

"He only responded to two women, two women of colour".

"So, he went attacking the two women of colour, in hopes that if he could discredit us, he could then maybe discredit the rest", Hayek told Variety during Women In Motion panel discussion at Cannes Film Festival.

Hayek said it was hard to hire known female writers and directors in the U.S. now, as studios are snapping them up trying to catch up with the public mood. It also went on to state that all the women from the fraternity were standing as a symbol of determination and progress, which they will all climb together.

During a career talk at the festival, she also said the current backlash against sexual harassment in the film industry meant "men are terrified".


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