We­in­stein preyed on me when I was a school­girl

KATE BECK­IN­SALE

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ASH­LEIGH RAINBIRD Deputy Show­biz Edi­tor

KATE Beck­in­sale has told how what she thought was meant to be a busi­ness meet­ing with Har­vey We­in­stein in a ho­tel al­legedly turned into a sor­did bid to get her into bed.

The Bri­tish ac­tress claimed the pro­ducer opened the door wear­ing a bathrobe and tried to ply her with booze when she was a 17-year-old school­girl.

She re­jected his un­wanted ad­vances and left the room.

Kate spoke as it was re­vealed the Met Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sex­ual abuse claim against We­in­stein that al­legedly hap­pened in Lon­don in the 80s. It will be passed on to its child sex unit. And of­fi­cers in New York launched a re­view into claims of a sex­ual as­sault in 2004.

Kate also told how she had sev­eral fu­ri­ous spats with the movie boss that she be­lieves dam­aged her ca­reer.

Speak­ing about the mo­ment We­in­stein, 65, al­legedly tried to prey on her, the 44-year-old said: “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 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. 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*** 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 un­doubt­edly harmed my ca­reer.

“I would like to ap­plaud the women who have come for­ward, and to pledge that we can cre­ate a new paradigm where ev­ery­one who has in the past shrugged and said, ‘Well, that’s just Har­vey /Mr X/insert name here’ will re­alise that we in num­bers can af­fect real change.” Kate, the daugh­ter of late Por­ridge star Richard Beck­in­sale and ac­tress Judy Loe, 70, made her claims in a lengthy In­sta­gram post.

She also claimed a for­mer worker at We­in­stein’s Mi­ra­max movie com­pany lost his ca­reer af­ter he told a ris­ing star to be wary of the pro­ducer. Kate, who is

dat­ing model Matt Fife, 21, added: “I had a male friend who, based on my ex­pe­ri­ence, warned a young ac­tress who was go­ing to din­ner with Har­vey to be care­ful. He re­ceived a phone call the next day say­ing he would never work in an­other Mi­ra­max film.

“The girl was al­ready sleep­ing with Har­vey and had told him that my friend had warned her off. Let’s stop al­low­ing our young women to be sex­ual can­non fod­der, and let’s re­mem­ber, Har­vey is an em­blem of a sys­tem that is sick.”

Kate is the lat­est big name star to ac­cuse We­in­stein of sex­ual ha­rass­ment af­ter Gwyneth Pal­trow, 45, An­gelina Jolie, 42 and 25-year-old Cara Delev­ingne claimed he tried it on with them.

Three women have also ac­cused him of rape, which he de­nies. Os­car-win­ning star Jane Fonda, 79, claims she was told of sex claims against the dad of five last year. She said: “I wish I had spo­ken out… I will ad­mit I should have been braver.” And Emma Thomp­son, 58, branded We­in­stein “dan­ger­ous”. She told BBC’S News­night: “I don’t think you can de­scribe him as a sex addict. He’s an ac­tual preda­tor, he’s dan­ger­ous and what he’s done and what he’s do­ing is

crim­i­nal. Isn’t it the same story as Jimmy Sav­ile?”

New York Po­lice said: “Based on in­for­ma­tion in pub­lished news re­ports, the NYPD is con­duct­ing a re­view to de­ter­mine if there are any ad­di­tional com­plaints re­lat­ing to the Har­vey We­in­stein mat­ter.”

The Met said of the Lon­don claim: “It will be as­sessed by the Child Abuse and Sex­ual Of­fences Com­mand.”

We­in­stein’s wife Ge­orgina Chap­man has left him over the claims.

His spokes­woman has said: “Any al­le­ga­tions of non-con­sen­sual sex are un­equiv­o­cally de­nied by him.

“Mr We­in­stein con­firmed that there were never any acts of re­tal­i­a­tion against any women for re­fus­ing his ad­vances.”

AC­CUSED Movie pro­ducer in LA yes­ter­day VIC­TIM Ac­tress aged 19. In­set, her pic­ture from In­sta­gram post

GONG WRONG Kate with We­in­stein at film awards

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