Kate Beckinsale Recalls Distressing Encounter With Harvey Weinstein Following 2001 ‘Serendipity’ Premiere

Katie O'Malley


Kate Beckinsale has recalled an encounter with former film producer Harvey Weinstein in 2001, hours after he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

On Wednesday March 11, the 67-year-old received the sentence following his convictions last month for committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree and third degree rape. Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex and his lawyers have said he will appeal the convictions.

Hours after the sentence was announced, Beckinsale took to Instagram to open up about the emotional and verbal abuse she says she received from Weinstein.

Sharing two photos that were taken at the premiere of her 2001 Weinstein-produced film Serendipity weeks after 9/11 occurred, the actress detailed how he called her to his home the day after the star-studded event to lament her for her chosen outfit at the premiere.

‘These photos were taken at the premiere of Serendipity on October 5, 2001,’ she began, in the caption to the post.

'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.'

The actor continued, revealing that the former producer insisted they attend the premiere.

However, according to the British star, Weinstein later invited her and her two-year-old daughter Lily over for a playdate ‘with his similar aged daughter’.

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'I said ok,' the actress wrote. '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 Pearl Harbour star went on to recall how Weinstein burst into a rant when they were alone and accused her of ruining the premiere with her choice of attire – a white suit with a tie.

‘The minute the door closed he started screaming “you stupid f***ing C**T, you C**T you ruined my premiere.” I had no idea what he was talking about and started to shake [sic],’ she explained.

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'He said, "If I am throwing a red carpet you get in a tight dress, you shake your a** you shake your t**s you do not go down it looking like a f***ing lesbian you stupid f***ing c**t."'

Beckinsale added that Weinstein’s fury prompted her to ‘burst into tears’.

She continued: ‘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***ing premiere and if I want p***y on the red carpet that’s what I get". Screaming. Livid.'

The actor recalled how she and her daughter managed to leave the situation, adding ‘that was one of many experiences I had that there was no recourse for’.

Beckinsale says that while Weinstein’s outburst isn’t a ‘felony’, she felt she was ‘punished’ for the premiere and ‘other instances where I said no to him for years, insidiously and seeming irreversibly’.

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On hearing Weinstein’s sentencing, the 46-year-old said she felt a ‘huge relief on behalf of all the women he sexually assaulted or raped, and I hope will be a deterrent to that sort of behaviour 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. [sic]'

'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.'

On Wednesday, Judge James Burke handed the sentence to Weinstein - who will now be formally registered as a sex offender – which involves 20 years for the first-degree criminal sexual act charge (plus five years of supervised release) and an additional three years for the third degree rape charge with the two running consecutively, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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