Kate Beckinsale is the latest to add her voice to a chorus of women who have come forward with stories of Harvey Weinstein involving sexual harassment or assault.
Beckinsale wrote on Instagram that she was 17 years old when she was called to meet with Weinstein.
“I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common. When I arrived, reception told me to go to his room,” she wrote. “He opened the door in his bathrobe.”
The actress recalled that it “did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him.”
She wrote that she declined alcohol and mentioned being at school earlier 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 wrote.
Beckinsale went on to write that she “said no to him professionally many times over the years.” She said she screamed at her, called her a c—, and made “threats.” Other times, she wrote, he joked about her consistent rejection.
“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.
She then praised the women who had come forward before her, and pledged support for “a new paradigm” in hopes that others 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,” she wrote. “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.”
She concluded her note by writing, “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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