In a disturbing Instagram post, actress Kate Beckinsale details a disturbing exchange she had with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein
On Wednesday last, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years after being convicted of two sex crimes.
Following the sentencing, there was widespread relief and a feeling that justice had finally been done for the women who suffered at his hands.
In the aftermath, British actress Kate Beckinsale published an Instagram post detailing a disturbing exchange she had with Weinstein in 2001. In the lengthy post, she claims Weinstein verbally abused her following the New York premiere of Serendipity, which she starred in.
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Weinstein allegedly invited Beckinsale and her young daughter to his house for a playdate with his daughter, who was a similar age. It was there Beckinsale alleges he viciously berated her for wearing a white suit to the premiere. She claims he called her a "stupid f*cking c**t" and accused her of "ruining" the event by dressing "like a f*cking lesbian".
The full post reads: "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 okay. 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 f*cking c**t, you c**t, 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 t*ts, you do not go down it looking like a f*cking lesbian you stupid f*cking c**t .'
"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 f*cking premiere and if I want p*ssy 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 behaviour 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."
Weinstein still faces pending criminal charges in Los Angeles, where he is accused of raping one woman and sexually assaulting a second woman over a two-day period in 2013.
He will serve his sentence in an upstate New York prison.
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