A post shared by Kate Beckinsale (@katebeckinsale) on Oct 12, 2017 at 6:02am PDT
The more we hear from actresses about Harvey Weinstein, I’m repeatedly struck by the same thoughts about the careers of those actresses. Like, when Rosanna Arquette spoke to Ronan Farrow in his New Yorker story, I realized, “Oh, that’s one of the reasons why her career stalled – Harvey must have made sure that she didn’t get much work.” Same with Mira Sorvino and Heather Graham. And now I’m wondering the same thing about Kate Beckinsale. Kate has worked consistently over the years, but she was never one of those go-to British actresses used for period-costume dramas and prestige films (the same kind of films Weinstein produced). And now I know why, or one of the reasons why. Because after one gross meeting with him when she was just 17 years old, she said no to him repeatedly. Here’s Kate’s story, with only minor edits:
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 c-nt 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 …
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