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Kate Beckinsale says Harvey Weinstein couldn’t remember if he assaulted her at 17

Pearl Harbour star Kate Beckinsale is the latest to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

hollywood Updated: Oct 13, 2017 09:11 IST
Kate Beckinsale shared how Harvey Weinstein tried to get her to sleep with him several times over the years.
Kate Beckinsale shared how Harvey Weinstein tried to get her to sleep with him several times over the years.(Instagram)

Actor Kate Beckinsale says she was 17 years old when producer Harvey Weinstein greeted her in his bathrobe for a meeting in a room at the Savoy Hotel. In an Instagram post Thursday, Beckinsale says she left the meeting uneasy but unscathed.

The actor is the latest in a growing list of women who have come forward with their accounts of sexual harassment at the hands of the Hollywood overlord after a bombshell of a story published by The New York Times and New Yorker last week, revealing decades of harassment cases and settlements he has had with young female actors and other women in the industry.

So far, actors like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lea Seydoux, Cara Delevingne and many more have shared their stories of sexual harassment.

Beckinsale recalls that a few years later Weinstein asked her if he had tried anything with her at the first meeting. She says she realized “he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.”

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.

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She says she said no to Weinstein professionally many times over the years, and that Weinstein would often respond with anger, profanity and threats.

Beckinsale calls for a new paradigm in the industry and says “let’s stop allowing out young women to be sexual cannon fodder.”

Read her full 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 behaviour 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.

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