Kate Beckinsale is the latest to add her voice to a chorus of women who have come forward with stories of Harvey Weinstein involving sexual harassment or assault.
Beckinsale wrote on Instagram that she was 17 years old when she was called to meet with Weinstein.
“I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common. When I arrived, reception told me to go to his room,” she wrote. “He opened the door in his bathrobe.”
The actress recalled that it “did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him.”
She wrote that she declined alcohol and mentioned being at school earlier in the morning. “A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not,” she wrote.
Beckinsale went on to write that she “said no to him professionally many times over the years.” She said he screamed at her, called her a c—, and made “threats.” Other times, she wrote, he joked about her consistent rejection.
“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,” Beckinsale wrote.