Kate Beckinsale took to Instagram on Thursday to describe an “uneasy” encounter with disgraced indie mogul Harvey Weinstein when she was 17 — as well as a subsequent meeting in which she said 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,” Beckinsale said in her Instagram post. “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,” she continued. “After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed.”
The British-born actress added, “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.”
The “Underworld” franchise star added that she had “said no to him professionally many times over the years” — which she said resulted in him calling her a “c—” and threatening her.
“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 added.
Beckinsale is the latest actress to share her experiences with Weinstein since a story in the New York Times last Thursday detailed three decades of sexual misconduct, including accusations that he propositioned actresses and harassed female employees.
The board of The Weinstein Company fired the firm’s co-founder on Sunday, and more allegations have emerged, including a New Yorker exposé in which three women accused the movie mogul of sexual assault.
Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino, Heather Graham and Lea Seydoux are just a few people who have spoken out against Weinstein.
A representative for Weinstein had no comment.
See Beckinsale’s post below.