Unfortunately for Hayek, though, that sense of solidarity among other women was accompanied by a sense of personal shame, as she told Oprah Winfrey on the Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations podcast in NY on Wednesday, in what was at first meant to be a conversation about the #MeToo movement at large.
During a taping of Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations on Wednesday, Hayek told Oprah Winfrey that she was approached by the New York Times, which broke the first story about the allegations against Weinstein, to come forward with her story earlier. Hayek Pinault said that, during the making of her 2002 film Frida, about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Weinstein had told the film's director, Julie Taymor: "I am going to break the kneecaps of that 'C-word'".
'But I felt like my pain was so small compared to all the other stories'.
Though she said she initially felt "validated" when he agreed to work with her on the project, she explained, "Little did I know it would become my turn to say no".
She added at the same time that the thought of adding her name to really long list of possible victims of Harvey Weinstein scandal wouldn't make a huge difference.
"Then I felt ashamed".
"I was on set with Reese Witherspoon, who has since spoken out. and some other actresses, who haven't spoken out, so I won't say who they were, and this was like two days after the Harvey scandal had broken in The New York Times", Winfrey said. The film went on to win an Academy Award, and it was a huge price to pay for Hayek who said Weinstein sexually assaulted her.
She continued: "Since those around me had no knowledge of my history of Harvey, they were very surprised by my struggle that morning". "[Weinstein] was not the first guy to do this to me", she said. I went, 'Yes, no, yes, no, yes, no.
More than 75 women have now come forward to accuse the film maker of sexual harassment, abuse and rape - among them Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale and Lupita Nyong'o. "I think that sometimes we underestimate our efforts. and the power that it has for change".
Hayek noted that she also hesitated because she hadn't told her husband what happened between her and Weinstein and she "thought of all these different things including my child, I didn't want to talk about it".
She added: 'It's important to take responsibility for the things we do to others, but we must stop apologizing for being attacked and we must move into a place where you can actually have a conversation.
Through a representative, Weinstein has denied these allegations and any accusations of non-consensual sex.
ABC News reached out to Weinstein on Thursday regarding Hayek's comments to Winfrey.
Oprah at the Apollo will air on February 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and will be available via podcast at Oprah's Super Soul Conversations.