Beckinsale Claims Career Hurt After Turning Down Weinstein Sexual Advances

Underworld star Kate Beckinsale is coming forward as one who turned down sexual advances from Harvey Weinstein, a movie mogul.

Weinstein’s world is crumbling after a New York Times story that came out detailing his sexual abuse that spanned decades. Hollywood females are also coming out against Weinstein and what he forced them to do. This story from Beckinsale brings everything full circle as she turned him down as a teenager and feels her entire career took a hit because of it.

Source: The Blast

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

Beckinsale says met Weinstein again a few years later and asked her “if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.”

“I said no to him professionally many times over the years,” Beckinsale says, “some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a c*** and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh ‘Kate lives to say no to me.’”

As for the effect she felt it all had on her career, Beckinsale writes, “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.”

I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common.When I arrived ,reception told me to go to his room . He opened the door in his 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 .After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left ,uneasy but unscathed.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 .I had what I thought were boundaries – I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh “Kate lives to say no to me .” 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.I would like to applaud the women who have come forward , and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers,managers,executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said ” well, that’s just Harvey /Mr X/insert name here ” will realize that we in numbers can affect real change.For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in .I had a male friend who, based on my experience,warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ;the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off.Let’s stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder,and let’s remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick,and that we have work to do.

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You will probably hear more stories like this in the coming days. What do you think about this revelation? Kate turned down the monster, and she’s coming forth to tell you her career didn’t turn out like it was supposed to. We had all believed the rumors about what it took to make it in the business, and we know from the many women now speaking out how they were forced to do things they didn’t want to do.

But to hear someone say they didn’t do what was asked and how the results hurt them is something that is mind-numbing.

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