Kate Beckinsale Says That Harvey Weinstein Came Onto Her When She Was Only 17

Amidst several actresses coming forward with their experiences of Harvey Weinstein sexually harassing them, PEOPLE reports that actress Kate Beckinsale has added her own story to the mix. The Serendipity star said on her Instagram account that after the famed film producer came on to her when she was only 17 years old, her career suffered. 

"I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17," Beckinsale wrote alongside a photo of her young self, explaining that she was sent to his hotel room instead of a conference 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."

 

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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Beckinsale revealed that she turned down Weinstein's offer of alcohol and ultimately left the meeting unharmed. However, when she ran into Weinstein several years later, he didn't even remember what happened between them in his hotel room. 

"He asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting," she said. "I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted 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 c*** and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people, 'Oh, Kate lives to say no to me.'"

The haunting story highlights a theme evident in many other women's uncomfortable encounters with Weinstein: a fear of one's career slowing down if she rejected him outright. "It speaks to the status quo in this business," Beckinsale said, "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."

Truly emphasizing how actresses come to believe how fragile their status in Hollywood can be, Beckinsale applauded the women who have come forward with their own stories. "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," she said at the end of her statement. 

Even though it's becoming more and more difficult to hear actresses' stories of harassment from Weinstein, we need to listen to their voices to ensure that change in the treatment towards women occurs. 

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