- Kate Beckinsale opened up about a terrifying encounter with convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein after the 2001 premiere of Serendipity.
- Weinstein was recently sentenced to 23 years in prison for the first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape.
The same day Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, Kate Beckinsale opened up about a terrifying encounter she had with the disgraced Hollywood producer in 2001.
Yesterday, the actress posted an old photo of her at the New York City premiere of Serendipity, a film produced by Weinstein. Beckinsale explained that while the cast didn’t want to attend the premiere because it was less than a month after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Weinstein insisted. For the event, Beckinsale wore a white pantsuit, which she said Weinstein berated her for the next morning when he invited her to his house under the guise of a playdate for their young daughters.
After Weinstein sent their children to a different room with his nanny, Beckinsale recalled him screaming at her and calling her a ‘stupid f*cking c*nt’ and a ‘f*cking lesbian’ because she wore pants. She also said he yelled, ‘I don’t care. It’s my f*cking premiere and if I want p*ssy on the red carpet, that’s what I get’ when she tearfully reminded him that people were still trying to find their loved ones after the 9/11 attacks.
Beckinsale explained that she is sharing this story now because while she’s relieved he was sentenced to prison, she knows that ‘inhumane bullying and sick covert abuse,’ as she experienced, is not outlawed. She added, ‘I hope and pray that we as an industry can start to actually outlaw all abuses of power and expose them and eliminate them, for all genders, forever.’
Read her full statement here:
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These photos were taken at the premiere of Serendipity on October 5,2001. We all refused to go because holding a premiere mere weeks after 9/11 with the city still smoking felt like the most insensitive, tone deaf,disrespectful idea possible .But Harvey insisted. We flew into New York and somehow got through it. The next morning Harvey called me and asked if I would like to bring my less than two year old daughter to his house for a playdate with his similar aged daughter I said ok. I turned up and he immediately called for his nanny to take the babies to another room to play. I went to go with them and he said “No, you wait here .” The minute the door closed he started screaming “you stupid fucking CUNT, you CUNT you ruined my premiere .” I had no idea what he was talking about and started to shake.He said,”If I am throwing a red carpet you get in a tight dress, you shake your ass you shake your tits you do not go down it looking like a fucking lesbian you stupid fucking cunt .” The shock made me burst into tears.I tried to say “Harvey,the city is on fire, people are still looking for their relatives none of us even felt the premiere was appropriate much less coming out dressed like it’s a bachelor party .” He said,”I don’t care -it’s my fucking premiere and if I want pussy on the red carpet that’s what I get”.Screaming. Livid. I managed to get myself and my child out of there and yes that was one of many experiences I had that there was no recourse for,and falls under no felony.But I WAS punished for it, and for other instances where I said no to him for years,insidiously and seeming irreversibly. Hearing that he has gone to prison for 23 years is a huge relief to me on behalf of all the women he sexually assaulted or raped, and I hope will be a deterrent to that sort of behavior in this and any other industry. Having said that,the crimes that are not crimes,the inhumane bullying and sick covert abuse for which there is STILL no recourse no matter who you tell(and I did tell),these too need to go.I hope and pray that we as an industry can start to actually outlaw all abuses of power and expose them and eliminate them, for all genders,forever.And Rose,brava ❤
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan US
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