'Underworld' Actress Kate Beckinsale Recalls Creepy Harvey Weinstein Encounter When She Was Just 17
She said that he contacted her years later, indicating that he couldn't remember whether he had assaulted her or not.
As more women have come forward to reveal encounters with Harvey Weinstein, actress Kate Beckinsale has accused the movie mogul of sexual harassment in an incident that occurred when she was only 17.
Beckinsale shared on Instagram that when she was called to meet Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel in London at the time, she assumed she would be going to a conference room.
"When I arrived, reception told me to go to his room," she wrote. "He opened the door in his bathrobe."
Calling herself "incredibly naive and young," Beckinsale, now 44, wrote: "it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him."
Beckinsale said she left "uneasy but unscathed" after declining alcohol and saying she had school in the morning.
"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," she continued.
Beckinsale said she told Weinstein no "many times over the years," and his reactions varied.
"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 wrote.
"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," Beckinsale wrote. "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.
"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."
Léa Seydoux, a French actress who has appeared in the James Bond film Spectre, said she had to fight Weinstein off.
"We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him," she wrote in an opinion piece that appeared in The Guardian.
Seth MacFarlane has also come out to explain the story behind a joke he made at Weinstein's expense during the announcement of Academy Award nominations.
After listing the nominees for supporting actress, MacFarlane said: "Congratulations. You five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein."
"In 2011, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances," MacFarlane said in a statement posted to Twitter Wednesday. "She has since courageously come forward to speak out. It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction."
Barth told CNN about her encounter.
"At first he started talking about career stuff, and how he wanted to fly me to New York and give me a role in Sarah Jessica Parker's new film," Barth recalled on CNN's New Day morning show. "He alternated between that and asking me to give him a naked massage in the bed."
Barth said she covered up tears and stood her ground.
"I told him I was never going to trade sexual favors to advance my career and I was under the impression that this was a career meeting," she said.
Hillary Clinton has also come out against Weinstein, condemning his actions and saying in an interview with CNN Wednesday that she will donate the money Weinstein contributed to her political campaigns.
"I was appalled. It was something that was just intolerable in every way," she said. "And, you know, like so many people who've come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past."
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