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Kate Beckinsale shares her Harvey Weinstein experience – A N I T H
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Kate Beckinsale shares her Harvey Weinstein experience

Kate Beckinsale shares her Harvey Weinstein experience


Kate Beckinsale has joined the dozens of women accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment since The New York Times broke news of his history a week ago. In an Instagram post with a photo of her in her teens, Beckinsale explained she was just 17 when Weinstein appeared in his bathrobe in a hotel room and offered her alcohol.

“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.

“I had what I thought were boundaries,” Beckinsale wrote after detailing the interaction with Weinstein when she was 17. “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 .'”

She also shared the experience of a male friend who warned a female colleague not to meet with Weintein; the next day, Beckinsale’s friend received a phone call that he’d never work with Weinstein’s company, Miramax.

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 concluded her post, like many, by reminding her followers that Weinstein is not an island; sexual harassment is an epidemic in all professions. With such a harsh spotlight on it now, action is long overdue, and “we have work to do.”

A full list of woman who have accused Weinstein of harassment or sexual assault can be found here. 



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