Kate’s close call – as a school­girl

New York Post - - NEWS - By LIA EUSTACHEWICH Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by David K. Li

Kate Beck­in­sale on Thurs­day al­leged that she had her own creepy mo­ment with Har­vey We­in­stein when she was just 17 — and that when she saw him years later, he “couldn’t re­mem­ber if he had as­saulted me or not.”

The English ac­tress, now 44, wrote on In­sta­gram about her first meet­ing with We­in­stein at the Savoy Ho­tel in Lon­don.

She was told by the re­cep­tion desk to head to We­in­stein’s room, where she says he greeted her in a 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,” Beck­in­sale (top in­set) said.

“Af­ter de­clin­ing al­co­hol and an­nounc­ing that I had school in the morn­ing I left, un­easy but un­scathed.”

We­in­stein him­self brought up the creepy in­ci­dent af­ter some time had passed, she said.

“A few years later he asked me if he had tried any­thing with me in that first meet­ing,” she wrote.

“I re­al­ized he couldn’t re­mem­ber if he had as­saulted me or not.”

Beck­in­sale, who has starred in the We­in­stein-pro­duced movies “Serendip­ity” and “The Avi­a­tor,” said he has since called her a “c--t” and made “threats” to her af­ter years of her say­ing “no to him pro­fes­sion­ally.”

The dis­graced exec used to joke to oth­ers, “Kate lives to say no to me,” she said.

Beck­in­sale be­lieves that main­tain­ing her dig­nity has hurt her in Hol­ly­wood.

“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,” she said.

Af­ter ap­plaud­ing We­in­stein’s ac­cusers who have come for­ward over the past week, she shared a tale of a male friend who warned “a young ac­tress” on her way to din­ner with We­in­stein to “be care­ful.”

In an­other de­vel­op­ment Thurs­day, The Sun re­ported that We­in­stein propo­si­tioned Bri­tish TV per­son­al­ity Myleene Klass (bot­tom in­set) — and then wanted her to sign a con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment — at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in 2010.


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