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kate beckinsale on ‘sick’ harvey weinstein: ‘he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me’

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kate beckinsale on ‘sick’ harvey weinstein: ‘he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me’

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.

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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