Yesterday, convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison. This would not have been possible were it not for the brave women who came forward to share their stories of sexual harassment, abuse, and rape at the hands of the once mighty movie mogul. In the wake of the news, Kate Beckinsale shared her own brush with Weinstein’s wretchedness. As she points out, what happened to her was not a crime, but it was horrible.
It began because of what she wore to the premiere of Serendipity in 2001. On Instagram, she shared a pic from that day and the revolting Weinstein behavior that followed.
Here’s the text of Beckinsale’s Instagram post:
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 f*cking C*NT, you C*NT 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 f*cking lesbian you stupid f*cking c*nt.” 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*cking premiere and if I want p*ssy 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 ❤
According to Beckinsale, Weinstein used his infant daughter as a lure to draw her to his home. He then screamed at and berated her while her own infant daughter was in the next room. Weinstein made it clear that he regarded this A-List movie star as little more than T&A to be flaunted at his command. And he did all this while New York City was still reeling from the horrors of 9/11.
When the dam broke on Weinstein accusations, among the many, many heartbreaking stories of sexual misconduct came stories of how he’d bullied actresses to wear dresses designed by his then-wife, Georgina Chapman, on the red carpet. That might have sounded a minor offense compared to the rest. However, Beckinsale’s post shows how heinous even these Weinstein tactics could be.
I say it again:
23 years! May convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein rot in jail and then hell.— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) March 11, 2020
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