Kate Beckinsale is the latest actress to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. On Thursday, the Underworld star claimed her career suffered after rejecting the movie mogul’s sexual advances starting at the age of 17.
In a statement released to her Instagram, Beckinsale, 44, detailed her alleged experiences with the producer, saying he showed up to a meeting in a bathrobe and offered her alcohol when she was just a teenager.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
Beckinsale claims that years later, Weinstein asked the actress if anything had happened between the two of them during their first meeting.
“I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not,” she wrote.
Over the years, Beckinsale said she rejected his sexual advances numerous times — which she alleges often led to angry outbursts.
“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— and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh ‘Kate lives to say no to me,’ ” she recalled.
Beckinsale said her alleged experiences with Weinstein “undoubtedly 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,” …read more