Kate Beckinsale Recalls Shocking Experience with Harvey Weinstein After 9/11: I 'Started to Shake'
The actress recalled being the victim of an obscenity-filled tirade for not wearing "a tight dress" to a movie premiere following 9/11
In a post on Instagram Wednesday night, the 46-year-old actress said that Weinstein — who was sentenced to 23 years in prison on charges of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape this week — allegedly verbally berated her following the Serendipity premiere in New York City, which was held just weeks after the 9/11 attacks.
“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,” Beckinsale began her lengthy post.
“We flew into New York and somehow got through it,” she recalled. “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.”
According to Beckinsale, Weinstein, 67, “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,'” she recalled. “The minute the door closed he started screaming ‘you stupid f—— C—, you C— you ruined my premiere.'”
The obscenity-filled tirade continued, only escalating from there, Beckinsale said.
“I had no idea what he was talking about and started to shake,” she wrote. “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 f—— lesbian you stupid f——- c— .'”
The shock from the encounter made Beckinsale “burst into tears” she said, as she tried to explain to the producer that everyone felt the premiere had been in poor taste and inappropriate given the tragedy that occurred just weeks earlier.
“He said, ‘I don’t care -it’s my f—— premiere and if I want p–y on the red carpet that’s what I get.’ Screaming. Livid,” the actress described. “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,” she continued. “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 ❤.”
On Wednesday, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in a New York City courtroom after his February conviction on charges of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, according to multiple reports. Under the law, the judge could have imposed a sentence of up to 29 years, which prosecutors asked for.
In February, jurors acquitted Weinstein of three other charges including the most severe charge, predatory sexual assault, which would have carried a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, The Washington Post reported.
Although more than 80 women have claimed they were victimized by Weinstein, according to The New York Times, the charges in the Manhattan trial were focused on only two women: former production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi and aspiring actress Jessica Mann.
Weinstein, a producer behind 20 best-picture Oscar nominees — his five winners in the category include Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and The King’s Speech — has denied the allegations throughout the trial, claiming that his sexual encounters with the two accusers in the New York case were consensual.
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