Another Hollywood star has spoken about a disturbing encounter with embattled movie producer Harvey Weinstein when she was only 17 years old.
Kate Beckinsale shared her story on Instagram, recalling how she met the 65-year-old when she was a teen at a hotel, and assumed the meeting would be in a conference room, but instead was told to go to his personal room where Harvey met her in a bathrobe.
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"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," Kate wrote alongside a photo of herself as a child.
"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," the Pearl Harbour actress continued.
Kate went on, adding that over the years she would continue to say "no" to Harvey professionally, which sometimes lead to him being verbally abusive and threatening.
"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 c*** 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 [sic] in myself, undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family."
Kate continued the lengthy post, praising the women who have shared their stories, and calling Harvey "an emblem of a system that is sick" and called for change in the film industry.
"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," she wrote.
"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," Kate concluded.
Kate's story is just one of many after the New York Times exposed the Good Will Hunting producer's actions last week, detailing how Harvey has spent nearly three decades sexual harassing actresses and female employees from his film studio.