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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.

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.

Indian filmmaker Nandita Das and her Manto actor Rasika Duggal joined Hollywood actresses Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda, Kirsten Stewart and Ava DuVernay in a protest on the Cannes 2018 red carpet protest. "You feel it. It's a very palpable atmosphere".

"This is a new era for men", 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 51-year-old actress came forward last year as one of over 50 women to place misconduct allegations against the disgraced producer.

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

Equal pay isn't just about paying women more, according to Salma Hayek; it may be about men getting paid less.

In a discussion with the Radio Times, Cumberbatch called on male actors to step up to the plate and refuse to take more money than what their female counterparts were being paid, even going as far as to reject work outright.

One actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, on Sunday said he would boycott film projects that do not pay women the same as their male co-stars.

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".

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

Weinstein at the time issued a lengthy statement of denial.

Weinstein denied Hayek's accusations soon after they were published.

So hard, in fact, "otherwise they will kill the movie", Hayek quipped. So he went back, attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us ... he could then maybe discredit the rest. Because men have the opportunity to rethink what it means to be a man, and this comes with a lot of freedom.


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