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Kate Beckinsale accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing her when she was 17, in an emotional Instagram post Thursday.
She is the latest in a chorus of voices speaking out against the movie mogul for alleged sexual harassment and assault.
Beckinsale recalled being asked to meet Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel, under the assumption she would be meeting him in a conference room. She was instead directed to his hotel room, she wrote.
The actress said Weinstein “opened the door in his bathrobe.”
“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,” Beckinsale wrote.
Beckinsale said Weinstein offered her alcohol, but she declined saying that she “had school in the morning.” She was able to leave “unscathed.”
Beckinsale wrote that a number of years later, Weinstein asked her if he had “tried anything” with her during their first meeting. “I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not,” Beckinsale said.
According to the actress, Weinstein continually tried to get her to work with him over the years, but she never agreed to – a decision Beckinsale feels ultimately harmed her career.
Beckinsale also shared an experience that a “male friend” had with Weinstein. According to the actress, her friend tried to warn a young actress going to dinner with the producer “to be careful,” and that soon after Weinstein called to tell him he would never work in another Miramax film.
Beckinsale then said that many people who have had experiences with “outrageous unprofessional behavior” have felt they had “no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in.”
“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,” Beckinsale said.
You can read Beckinsale’s full statement on her Instagram post:
I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common.When I arrived ,reception told me to go to his room . He opened the door in his bathrobe . 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.A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting .I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not .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 cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh "Kate lives to say no to me ." 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.I would like to applaud the women who have come forward , and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers,managers,executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said " well, that's just Harvey /Mr X/insert name here " will realize that we in numbers can affect real change.For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in .I had a male friend who, based on my experience,warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ;the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off.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.