Kate Beckinsale revealed Thursday that Harvey Weinstein came onto her when she was just 17 years old (pictured above on August 7)
Shameless Harvey Weinstein wouldn’t even let age come between him and his prey, according to Kate Beckinsale.
The Underworld actress, 44, revealed in an Instagram post on Thursday that the movie mogul came onto her when she was just a 17-year-old ingénue.
Like many of his alleged victims, Beckinsale says Weinstein tried to assault her during a hotel room meeting early on in her career.
‘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,’ Beckinsale wrote.
Beckinsale made the revelation in an Instagram post, including what appears to be a picture of her from that age
A few years later, the British actress says Weinstein recalled their first meeting and asked if he had ‘tried anything’.
‘I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not,’ Beckinsale said.
Beckinsale, whose parents were both actors as well, says turning Weinstein down negatively impacted her career.
‘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.”
‘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 said.
Beckinsale writes that she went on to turn down Weinstien several times over the years
Turning down the movie mogul ‘undoubtedly’ hurt her career, Beckinsale said
Beckinsale also told the story of how Weinstein allegedly threatened a male friend of hers, after he warned another young actress about the producer’s predatory behavior.
‘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 of,’ Beckinsale says.
Beckinsale thanked the women who have come forward and hopes that the scandal can be a lesson for Hollywood.
‘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.
Beckinsale appeared in one Miramax film, 2001’s Serendipity. Weinstein and his brother Bob founded Miramax (named after their parents Miriam and Max) in 1979. They sold it to Disney in 1993, but stayed on to run the company until 2005
Beckinsale is perhaps most known for her roles in the Underworld franchise
One of Beckinsale’s break-out roles in the U.S. was 2001’s epic blockbuster Pearl Harbor, in which she acted opposite Ben Affleck (pictured) and Josh Hartnett
‘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.
Beckinsale’s story confirms just how bold Weinstein was in his sexual quests, since he targeted people who even grew up in the industry.
The women who have spoken out against him have told strikingly similar stories about being approached at the cusp of their careers. Most of the stories involve hotel room meetings, with Weinstein forcing himself on young actresses once being left alone by an assistant.
Beckinsale was in a relationship with fellow actor Michael Sheen from 1993 to 2003. They have a teenage daughter together. The three pictured above in August. Sheen is now dating comedian Sarah Silverman
After breaking up with Sheen. Beckinsale married her Underworld producer Len Wiseman. They were married from 2004 until 2016
Beckinsale was born in London to Richard Beckinsale and Judy Loe, both actors.
Her first acting credit was in 1975, at the age of two, but started acting in earnest around 18.
She rose to fame in America in 2001, when she played the romantic lead in the blockbuster hit Pearl Harbor.
She’s now perhaps best known for her role in the Underworld film franchise.
Beckinsale was in a relationship with fellow British actor Michael Sheen from 1993 to 2003, and the two have a teenage daughter together. She was married to film producer Len Wiseman from 2004 to 2016.