Kate Beckinsale details an alleged past encounter with Harvey Weinstein that caused her to “burst into tears.”
On the same day the disgraced Hollywood producer was sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault, the “Underworld” star applauded the ruling on Instagram.
In her post, the 46-year-old shared photos from the October 2001 premiere of her romantic comedy “Serendipity,” held just weeks after the 9/11 attacks.
“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 alleged.
After flying into New York, the actress attended the event wearing a respectful white pantsuit. The next day, Weinstein allegedly set up a playdate with her daughter — Lily Sheen, now 21 — and his at the producer’s residence.
However, when Beckinsale and her child arrived, Weinstein allegedly called his nanny to take the kids into a different room.
“I went to go with them and he said, ‘No, you wait here,’” she alleged.
“The minute the door closed,” Weinstein allegedly screamed at Beckinsale, saying, “You stupid ------- ----, you ----, you ruined my premiere.”
Though she was initially confused, she later realized Weinstein allegedly took issue with what she wore to the event.
“He said, ‘If I am throwing a red carpet, you get in a tight dress, you shake your ass, you shake your ----, you do not go down it looking like a ------- lesbian, you stupid ------- ----.’”
Though she tearfully explained that she wanted to pay reverence to the 9/11 victims, Weinstein allegedly responded back, “I don’t care — it’s my ------- premiere and if I want ----- on the red carpet, that’s what I get.”
Because of the alleged playdate, and other alleged instances where “[she] said no to him,” Beckinsale claims she “was punished” for not abiding by Weinstein’s rules.
Though Weinstein’s jail sentence “is a huge relief” to her, Beckinsale believes more needs to be done to protect individuals from abuse in the entertainment industry.
“… 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,” she wrote. “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.”