Kate Beckinsale has opened up about a shocking incident involving Harvey Weinstein following the premiere of romantic comedy 'Serendipity'. Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison yesterday.
Beckinsale starred in the 2001 rom com opposite John Cusack.
She took to Instagram to share what happened the day after its New York premiere.
"These photos were taken at the premiere of Serendipity on October 5,2001," she wrote. "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."
She said that Weinstein "insisted" on the premiere.
Then, the morning after, Beckinsale and her daughter Lily were invited to his home for a playdate with Weinstein's daughter.
"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," she said in the post.
"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," Weinstein told the actress, she wrote.
"The shock made me burst into tears," Beckinsale 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 fucking premiere and if I want pussy on the red carpet that’s what I get.'"
She and her child left Weinstein's home. She said: "that was one of many experiences I had that there was no recourse for, and falls under no felony."
The actress added that Weinstein's sentencing 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," Beckinsale concluded.
Weinstein was found guilty in court two weeks ago. He was convicted for committing a criminal sex act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
Yesterday, 1000 pages of court documents were reviewed, including emails Weinstein sent to colleagues. In one document, the disgraced movie mogul said that "Jen Aniston should be killed" following an allegation asked by a reporter, that turned out to be untrue.