Kate Beckinsale Shares Horrific Story of Harvey Weinstein Calling Her a “C*nt” for Not Wearing a Dress
It goes without saying that Harvey Weinstein is a monster. The convicted rapist has left a trail of traumatized women that is vast, and despite this judicial justice, the emotional damage has also been done, and it’ll be a long time before we, as a society, can do the reparative justice that is necessary. The damage wasn’t just rape, but also emotional, as actress Kate Beckinsale further highlighted in an Instagram post following the conviction.
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These photos were taken at the premiere of Serendipity on October 5,2001. 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 CUNT, you CUNT 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 cunt .” 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 fucking premiere and if I want pussy 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 ❤
Beckinsale explains that, after 9/11, the cast of Serendipity was forced to attend the New York City premiere at Weinstein’s insistence. They went, and Beckinsale wore a white pantsuit to be respectful of the situation that the city was going through. The following morning, Weinstein asked Beckinsale to bring her less than two-year-old daughter over to play with his own daughter.
He used this false playdate as an opportunity to berate Beckinsale for not wearing anything sexy at the premiere.
“You ruined my premiere,” she alleges Weinstein screamed. “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 cunt.”
Beckinsale says that she bust into tears and tried to explain that “the city is on fire,” but he responded, “I don’t care -it’s my fucking premiere and if I want pussy on the red carpet that’s what I get.”
She says that she was punished for this incident and for other times she’s said no to him, despite none of those things falling under a felony. She also says that she told people and nothing happened as a result. It illustrates, quite perfectly, how we have so far to go to protect all victims from predatory behavior.
(via HuffPo, image: Lionsgate UK)
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