Kate Beckinsale has spoken publicly for the first time about the sexually inappropriate and uncomfortable encounter she had with Harvey Weinstein.
Joining Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevingne and the many other women that have come forward with claims of sexual abuse by the film executive, Kate revealed he tried to seduce her when she was just 17 – around 1990 – and how turning down his advances “undoubtedly harmed” her career.
“I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17,” she wrote on Instagram overnight.
“I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common [but] when I arrived, reception told me to go to his room.
“He opened the door in his bathrobe,” she continued. “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.”
Despite being underage, Weinstein allegedly offered her booze.
“After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed.”
The Underworld actress said when she saw Weinstein years after the incident, he couldn’t recall if they had sex that day or not.
“A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realised he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.”
Her refusal to comply with Weinstein’s desires ultimately led to her missing out on some coveted film roles, Beckinsale believes.