Cannes 2018: Female stars protest on red carpet for equal rights

Salma Hayek says Harvey Weinstein specifically denied her Lupita Nyong’o’s allegations because they’re women of color

Hayek, a prominent leader in Hollywood's Time's Up movement, was among 82 women - symbolizing the mere 82 female-directed films to have screened at Cannes, compared to 1,866 films directed by men - who protested the festival's gender inequality the previous day.

Instagram Salma Hayek shared a series of photos in which she is depicted in this luxurious gown. "The good news is that there's so many, because if there hadn't been so many, probably people would have thought that we made that up".

Hayek said Weinstein's direct responses were only to herself, and the accusations lodged against him by Nyong'o. Now is the time for female film makers to show audiences and industry leaders, "look what you were missing all this time", she said.

Salma Hayek has called on male stars to take pay cuts in the name of equality.

Speaking at Cannes, Hayek said Weinstein specifically contested her claim and that of Lupita Nyong'o because they are women of colour.

"The actors have to say: 'OK, time's up".

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The actress and producer, who says she has sold a raft of female-led projects "that I had been trying to make for 10 years" since the Weinstein scandal shook up Hollywood, said real change was happening.

Hayek - best known for "Desperado" and indie hit "Beatriz at Dinner" - had accused mogul Harvey Weinstein of threatening to "break my kneecaps" after she spurned his advances on the set of her film "Frida".

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

The producer has denied all allegations of "non-consensual sex" and has disputed Hayek's account. 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. "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.

During a career talk at the festival, she also said the current backlash against sexual harassment in the film industry meant "men are terrified". "Men have the opportunity, which is so lovely, to rethink what does it mean to be a man".

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