Still the list of women grows

I was school­girl of 17 when he met me in his bathrobe, says Kate Beck­in­sale

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KATE Beck­in­sale has re­vealed that she turned down ad­vances from Har­vey We­in­stein when she was 17 by telling him she had school in the morn­ing.

The Bri­tish actress, 44, wrote on In­sta­gram that he in­vited her to his room in the Savoy Ho­tel in Lon­don, where he stood in his bathrobe.

She de­clined his of­fer to stay and have some al­co­hol – which he made de­spite know­ing she was un­der age.

Miss Beck­in­sale said that she had to say no to him ‘many times’ more over the years – in re­la­tion to film roles – and that it ‘un­doubt­edly harmed my ca­reer’. She said We­in­stein would an­grily scream at her in re­sponse to the re­jec­tions and call her a ‘****’.

Miss Beck­in­sale wrote a lengthy In­sta­gram post yes­ter­day in which she said Hollywood needed to change be­cause women were be­ing used as ‘sex­ual can­non fod­der’.

She wrote: ‘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 re­alised he couldn’t re­mem­ber if he had as­saulted me or not.’

Miss Beck­in­sale said that she tried to draw up bound­aries with We­in­stein and ‘said no to him pro­fes­sion­ally many times over the years’.

She said: ‘Some of which ended up with him scream­ing at me call­ing me a **** 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.’

Miss Beck­in­sale said that We­in­stein was ‘an em­blem of a sys­tem that is sick, and that we have work to do’.

At the time of the in­ci­dent Miss Beck­in­sale was a sixth for­mer at the fee-pay­ing Godol­phin and Latymer School in Ham­mer­smith, West Lon­don. She has act­ing in her genes as she is the daugh­ter of Richard Beck- in­sale, who played Len­nie God­ber in Por­ridge and Alan Moore in Ris­ing Damp. He died of a heart at­tack in 1979 when he was 31. Kate was only five at the time. Her mother is Judy Loe, who has acted in var­i­ous TV pro­grammes from Z- Cars to Ca­su­alty.

The young Kate also had a few act­ing roles on TV, but her en­try into films was de­layed – de­spite the at­ten­tions of film moguls – as she stud­ied French and Rus­sian Lit­er­a­ture at Ox­ford Univer­sity.

And de­spite her claims that her ca­reer suf­fered be­cause she re­jected We­in­stein’s re­quests to work for him, she has starred in a host of big bud­get Hollywood films, in­clud­ing Pearl Har­bor, The Avi­a­tor and the Un­der­world vam­pire films.

She has a daugh­ter from her eight-year re­la­tion­ship with the ac­tor Michael Sheen, and later mar­ried her Un­der­world di­rec­tor Len Wiseman. The cou­ple sep­a­rated two years ago.

÷Emma Thomp­son la­belled We­in­stein a ‘ preda­tor’ as she com­pared al­le­ga­tions about the film pro­ducer to the Jimmy Sav­ile scan­dal.

She said We­in­stein was ‘at the top of a very par­tic­u­lar ice­berg’ that makes women vic­tims of ‘ha­rass­ment and be­lit­tling’ in all walks of life.

Thomp­son threat­ened to walk off the film Brideshead Revisited after We­in­stein called her co-star Hay­ley Atwell a ‘fat pig’.

Last night she told BBC Newsnight: ‘He’s an ac­tual preda­tor, he’s dan­ger­ous and what he’s done and what he’s do­ing is crim­i­nal.’ Asked if there were oth­ers in Hollywood like We­in­stein, she said: ‘ Of course, many, many...I spent my 20s try­ing to keep old men’s tongues out of my mouth.’

‘Em­blem of a sys­tem that is sick’

Preda­tor and prey: Kate Beck­in­sale with Har­vey We­in­stein at a premiere in 2004 In­set: The pic­ture of her­self as a teenager which Kate posted along­side her In­sta­gram rev­e­la­tions yes­ter­day

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