Equality is a bit of a war iron. CEO of the Kering group, formerly PPR, François-Henri Pinault is 1000% invested in the fight against violence against women and for the promotion of women in cinema. It must be said that the company director was close to the sexual harassment file, and in particular that of Harvey Weinstein … since his wife, Salma Hayek, is one of the victims of the producer. “I did not know, he recalls in the columns of Paris Match. I found out when she decided to say it publicly. I had often met Weinstein, since Salma played in films he produced. She had thought she could forget, overcome. He was an impetuous type, he was imposing. I couldn’t imagine all these sordid stories.“
Harvey is my monster too
François-Henri Pinault often says that Salma Hayek educated him. It is, unfortunately, by necessity. Two months after the New York Times article at the origin of the fall of Harvey Weinstein, the actress had written a column, against him, in the same publication. “Harvey is my monster too“, she headlined, before describing it as a”Passionate film buff, a risk taker, a talented boss in the film industry, a loving father. And a monster. “Among other things, over the months, he would have tried to take a shower with her, would have asked her for sexual favors, massages and asked her to get naked in front of him and another woman during the filming of the biopic on Frida. Kahlo.
He demanded total nudity
“The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet words to this one time when, enraged, he said those terrifying words: ‘I’m going to kill you, don’t think I can’t’, she said. He demanded total nudity. For the first and last time in my career, I had a nervous breakdown. My body started to shake, my breath was short, and I started to cry over and over again.“At the time, Harvey Weinstein refused to acknowledge the atrocity of his actions and denied outright. But the rest, for him, you probably know …
Find the interview with François-Henri Pinault in the magazine Paris Match n ° 3768.