Kate Beckinsale details uncomfortable meeting with Harvey Weinstein
Kate Beckinsale has recalled an inappropriate encounter she once had with fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein when she was just a teenager.
The Underworld star was 17-years-old when she was invited to meet the producer at the Savoy Hotel in London, where she had expected to be greeted in a conference room, but was instead sent up to Weinstein’s room.
“He opened the door in his bathrobe,” she writes on Instagram. “I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed.”
It wasn’t Kate’s only encounter with Harvey, as they crossed paths again a few years later, when he openly asked the British actress if he had “tried anything” with her at their prior hotel meeting.
“I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not,” she continues. “I had what I thought were boundaries – I said no to him professionally many times over the years – some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a c**t and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people, ‘Oh, Kate lives to say no to me’.”
The 44-year-old is proud to have repeatedly stood up for herself against Weinstein, but she is sure her actions “harmed” her career.
“It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things, while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself, undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family,” she adds.
Beckinsale goes on to claim one of her male peers was banned from working in any Weinstein-produced films after warning a young actress to “be careful” around the Hollywood boss – unaware that she was already sleeping with the 65-year-old.
She concludes, “Let’s stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder, and let’s remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick, and that we have work to do.”
Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, the production firm he co-founded, after decades of sexual harassment and abuse allegations were detailed in recent exposes in The New York Times and the New Yorker magazine.
Actresses including Cara Delevingne, Lea Seydoux, and Asia Argento have accused Weinstein of inappropriate sexual behaviour, while stars including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have also detailed unsavoury encounters with the disgraced producer. He has admitted to behaving badly in the past, but denies allegations of non-consensual sex.