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Kate Beckinsale: Weinstein 'Couldn't Remember If He Had Assaulted Me' At 17

Kate Beckinsale (photosKate Beckinsale photos) has revealed an encounter with Harvey Weinstein in a hotel room when she was 17, during which he allegedly showed up in a bathrobe and offered her alcohol.

Beckinsale says she was lucky to leave "uneasy but unscathed." However, years later the studio head couldn't even remember whether he had assaulted her that night or not.

"I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17," Beckinsale wrote on a lengthy social media 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. 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," she continued. "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 c--t 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 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," she wrote. "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."

October 13, 2017 |

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