Actress Kate Beckinsale said she was 17 years old when Harvey Weinstein greeted her in his bathrobe for a meeting in a room at the Savoy Hotel. In an Instagram post Thursday, Beckinsale said she left the meeting uneasy but unscathed.
“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,” the actress wrote.
Beckinsale recalled that a few years later Weinstein asked her if he had tried anything with her at the first meeting. She said she realized ‘‘he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.’’
The actress says she said no to Weinstein professionally many times over the years, and that Weinstein would often respond with anger, profanity, and threats.
“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,” Beckinsale wrote.
She also called for a new paradigm in the industry and wrote, ‘‘let’s stop allowing out young women to be sexual cannon fodder.’’