Salma Hayek Says Trump Planted Fake Gossip About Her When She Wouldn't Date Him
After the election, scientists should dedicate time to studying Donald Trump’s ego, so uniquely fragile and easily destroyed. Case in point #823,798 comes from actress Salma Hayek, who says that after she rebuffed his advances, Trump had a great big hissyfit and took the spiteful step of planting a bad story about her in the National Enquirer.
The actress was being interviewed on the Los Angeles-based, Spanish-language radio program El Show del Mandril. She spent part of the episode boosting Hillary Clinton, before being asked about the allegations of sexual harassment, assault and impropriety against Trump. (As of this writing, at least 10 women have accused Trump of being a sexual predator.)
“When I met that man, I had a boyfriend, and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number,” Hayek said, according to Buzzfeed News. “He got my number and he would call me to invite me out.”
“When I told him I wouldn’t go out with him even if I didn’t have a boyfriend, [which he took as disrespectful], he called — well, he wouldn’t say he called, but someone told the National Enquirer. Someone told the National Enquirer — I’m not going to say who, because you know that whatever he wants to come out comes out in the National Enquirer,” Hayek stated, per Buzzfeed. “It said that he wouldn’t go out with me because I was too short.”
By numerous accounts, National Enquirer publisher David Pecker and Donald Trump are BFFs going way back. Trump has even written articles for the tabloid. In any case, after the story ran, Hayek says Trump reached out again, concern-trolling her in a last-ditch effort to use the made-up gossip to his advantage.
“Later, he called and left me a message [saying] ‘Can you believe this? Who would say this? I don’t want people to think this about you,’” Hayek said. “He thought that I would try to go out with him so people wouldn’t think that’s why he wouldn’t go out with me.”
Hayek has made clear she’s no fan of Trump in the past. During an appearance on the Late Late Show earlier this year, she pointed out that Trump says he’s “still exactly the same as that kid in first grade, that he hasn’t changed.”
“I agree with him that we have a first-grade bully running for the president of the United States,” the actress concluded.