Kate Beckinsale joins Harvey Weinstein accusers


Kate Beckinsale is the latest actress to come forward with allegations about sexual advances from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The British actress issued a statement on Instagram in which she said she was greeted by the producer in a bathrobe when she went to a meeting with him when she was 17.

She said she said no to him professionally many times which “undoubtedly” harmed her career.

A string of actresses have come forward over the last week to accuse the movie mogul of sexual harassment or assault.

Together, the claims build up a picture of one of the most powerful men in the industry exerting pressure on younger women at the start of their careers, often in hotel rooms and offices.

He has admitted his behaviour has “caused a lot of pain” but has described many of the allegations against him as “patently false”.

His spokesperson has said “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied” and there were “never any acts of retaliation” against women who turned him down.

Here are some of those who have made allegations against him.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption (L-R) Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Lea Seydoux, Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino


Kate Beckinsale

The actress said she was first called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when she was 17.

She was surprised to be sent to hotel room not a meeting room, where he greeted her in his bathrobe.

“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 realised he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.”

She said she said “no to him professionally many times over the years” which she said “undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family.”


Cara Delevingne

In an Instagram post, Delevingne wrote how uncomfortable she felt during an encounter with Weinstein in a hotel room and describes what allegedly happened when she told him she wanted to leave.

“He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room,” she said.

“I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out. I didn’t want to hurt his family.”


Lea Seydoux

The French actress Lea Seydoux has written an article detailing her experience with Weinstein who she met at a fashion show.

She wrote in The Guardian about how he invited her to come to his hotel room for a drink.

“We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me.

“I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted.

“I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along.”


Gwyneth Paltrow

In a statement to the New York Times, Paltrow says after Weinstein cast her in the leading role of Jane Austen adaptation Emma in 1996, she was summoned to his hotel suite.

It was here that she says, as a 22-year-old, he placed his hands on her and suggested massages.

“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she told the newspaper.

She said she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident, who confronted the producer.

“I thought he [Weinstein] was going to fire me,” she said.


Angelina Jolie

Jolie says she was propositioned by Weinstein in a hotel room during the release of Playing by Heart in 1998.

Jolie said in an email to the New York Times: “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.

“This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”


Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd told the New York Times she was invited to meet Weinstein at a hotel for what she expected to be a business breakfast meeting.

Instead, she said he had her sent up to his room where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage. She added that when she refused, he asked her if she could watch him shower.

“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she said. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”


Rose McGowan

The New York Times reported that in 1997 Weinstein reached “a previously undisclosed settlement with Rose McGowan” after an alleged episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival.

The $100,000 (£84,000) settlement was “not to be construed as an admission” by the movie producer, but intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace,” according to the legal document, which was reviewed by The Times.

At the time McGowan was 23 and had just appeared in Scream.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter she called on the Weinstein board to resign immediately, asking “for other men to stop other men when they are being disgusting”.

“Men in Hollywood need to change ASAP,” she said. “Hollywood’s power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behaviour has not.”


Heather Graham

The Boogie Nights actress told Variety she was once propositioned by Weinstein in the early 2000s when she met him to discuss being cast in one of his movies.

She alleges he tried to force himself on her and told her his wife would have been fine with it.

“He could sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town. I walked out of the meeting feeling uneasy.

“There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there.”


Zoe Brock

Model and actress Zoe Brock says she was brought back to Weinstein’s hotel room under false pretences in the south of France in 1997.

He emerged naked from another part of the suite and asked for a massage, she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“I did not want to do that and he asked if he could give me a massage… I didn’t know what to do and I felt that letting him maybe touch me a little bit might placate him enough to get me out of there somehow.”

Before long, she “bolted” into the bathroom. He banged on the door with his fists before eventually retreating, putting on a dressing gown and starting to cry.


Asia Argento

Italian actress and director Asia Argento’s first dealing with Weinstein’s company Miramax was when she appeared in their crime drama B Monkey.

She says she was left alone with him in a hotel room on the French Riviera after being told she was going to a Miramax party.

Argento says she reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, but he then raped her.

Weinstein “terrified me, and he was so big”, she said. “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.”

“I know he has crushed a lot of people before. That’s why this story – in my case, it’s 20 years old, some of them are old – has never come out.”

Argento has not spoken out until now, saying she feared it would ruin her career to do so.


Lucia Stoller

Stoller, now called Lucia Evans, encountered Weinstein in 2004 in a New York club when she was an aspiring actress.

She claims she was forced into a sexual act by the producer after going to his office for a casting meeting.

“The type of control he exerted, it was very real,” she told The New Yorker. “Even just his presence was intimidating.”


Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino appeared in several of Weinstein’s films and told The New Yorker he sexually harassed her and tried to pressure her into having a physical relationship.

She was in a hotel room with him at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1995 while promoting Mighty Aphrodite, for which she later won an Oscar.

“He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around.”

Weeks later, she alleges he turned up to her apartment under the guise of having marketing ideas for the film.

“I opened the door terrified, brandishing my 20-pound Chihuahua mix in front of me, as though that would do any good.”

She told Weinstein her new boyfriend was on the way round, after which he apparently became dejected and left.


Louisette Geiss

The actress and producer came forward on Tuesday to say she was attacked by Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.

He invited her to his office in a hotel for a meeting about a script she had written.

Half an hour into the meeting, he went to the bathroom and emerged wearing only a robe that was open at the front.

She claims he insisted on continuing to listen to her pitch in his hot tub, then asked her to watch him masturbate. When she told him she was leaving, he grabbed her arm, pulled her into the bathroom and told her he could green-light her script – if she watched him.

“I was on the verge of tears but I pulled it together and quickly exited,” she said.


Roseanna Arquette

The actress said that she rejected Weinstein’s advances and that she believes her acting career suffered as a result.

She told the New York Times in the early 1990s Weinstein asked her to stop by the Beverly Hills Hotel to pick up a script for a role.

She was directed to his room where he was in a bathrobe and asked her for a massage.

When she refused she claims he grabbed her hand and pulled it toward his crotch.


More voices

The first allegations made against Weinstein in the New York Time article were mainly from young women hoping to break into the film industry as well as the actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

Other actresses that have come forward since then with their stories about Weinstein include French actresses Florence Darel, Judith Godreche and Emma de Caunes.

US actresses Jessica Barth, Katherine Kendall and aspiring actresses Dawn Denning, who is now a costume designer, Tomi-Ann Roberts who is now a psychology professor, have also gone on the record with their accounts.

TV anchor Lauren Sivan alleged Weinstein cornered her in an empty basement area of a New York restaurant in 2007 and pleasured himself in front of her.

And other workers at the Weinstein film company told the New Yorker about their experiences including Emily Nestor who was a temporary front desk assistant who said she had to refuse his advances “at least a dozen times”.


Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister issued a statement on Tuesday in response to the allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein,” she said. “Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.

“Mr Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr Weinstein has begun counselling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.”




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