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Kate Beckinsale has just opened up about a terrifying experience with Harvey Weinstein following the premiere of her 2001 film, Serendipity.
The 46-year-old actress took to Instagram to tell the world about a shocking experience with the disgraced mogul, who was sentenced to another 23 years in prison earlier this week.
She posted a pictures of herself and Harvey Weinstein at the Serendipity premiere, revealing that neither she nor the other cast members wanted to attend the event as it was less than a month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
However, Harvey Weinstein persuaded them to go, but Kate’s decision to wear a white pantsuit on the red carpet was not one which Weinstein approved of. And he made sure she knew it…
“These photos were taken at the premiere of Serendipity on October 5,2001,” her lengthy Instagram post began.
“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 ok.
“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 fucking 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 tits you do not go down it looking like a fucking lesbian you stupid fucking 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**king premiere and if I want p**y 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 behavior 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.”
Although her post received a great deal of love and support, the actress also received quite a bit of backlash for it. Some users wondered why it took her so long to come forward, while others questioned her for taking her young daughter to his house…
“Why did you show up is my question?” one user wrote.
“He was my boss,” Kate’s response began.
“He had not so far been abusive nor had I seen any evidence on the one movie i did with him. He couched it as a play date for our kids. I had no idea it wasn’t that or that I had done anything that could be perceived as wrong.”
However, many fans did defend the actress, with Kate replying to one user to set the record straight…
“Oh I know. I think she thinks I gaily took my child to a known rapists house,” she responded to the user who said she did nothing wrong, referencing the previous user who blasted her.
“I had no idea what was coming partly because the element of shock and surprise is one of the things he got off on.”
Where do you guys stand? Should Kate Beckinsale have come forward at the height of the Time’s Up and Me Too movements? Or are you just glad that another person has finally found the strength to come forward against Harvey Weinstein?