Salma Hayek Says Donald Trump Planted a Tabloid Story About Her After She Turned Him Down

The actress says her rebuttal of the GOP nominee resulted in a National Enquirer story claiming “that he wouldn’t go out with me because I was too short”

Salma Hayek claims that Donald Trump planted a National Enquirer story about her after she denied his date invitation.

“When I met that man, I had a boyfriend, and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number,” she said in an interview with a nationally syndicated Spanish radio show on Friday, according to BuzzFeed.  “He got my number and he would call me to invite me out.”

She added, “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. I’m not going to say who, because you know that whatever he wants to come out comes out in the National Enquirer.”

According to the 5-foot-two actress, the resulting story “said that he wouldn’t go out with me because I was too short.”

However, the Hayek added that Trump later called her and said he doesn’t want people to think that way about her.

“Later, he called and left me a message. ‘Can you believe this? Who would say this? I don’t want people to think this about you,’” she 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.”

Over recent weeks, a number of women have stepped forward claiming the GOP candidate sexually assaulted them in the past. While Trump has denied all allegations, Hayek believes the accusers.

Hayek, who was born in Mexico but moved to Los Angeles in 1991, is a Hillary Clinton supporter, and this isn’t the first time the actress has talked about the Republican nominee. In 2015, she commented about Trump’s controversial remarks about immigrants.

“It’s a very simple tactic for self-promotion. What’s sad is how easily people are manipulated. I’m not insulted because I cannot be insulted by stupidity,” she told the L.A. Times. “Everybody’s entitled to have uninformed opinions. Everybody’s entitled to be dumb. But I’m not dumb, so I see through the manipulation. We have something to learn from this. That is that the educated people or the people with great human values have to wake up, because they are under the illusion that most of this country is like them and sometimes they don’t even go to vote.”

Hayek has also been an outspoken political activist for years now — in 2005, she testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary supporting reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. In 2006, she donated over $75,000 for battered women shelters and anti-domestic violence groups in Mexico.

A spokesperson for the Trump campaign has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.