Kate’s close call – as a schoolgirl
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.