Kate Beckinsale has told how Harvey Weinstein screamed at her “if I want p***y on the red carpet that’s what I get” when she wore a white suit to a movie premiere.
The 46-year-old actress said she was “punished for years” for her outfit choice at the Serendipity premiere in New York in 2001.
Sharing photos from the premiere on Instagram, told how the movie’s cast felt it was "insensitive and disrespectful" to go ahead with the red carpet event just a few weeks after 9/11.
The disgraced movie mogul, who was jailed for 23 years for sex crimes on Wednesday, “insisted” it still went ahead, so she opted to wear a low-key outfit.
Kate wrote: "These photos were taken at the premiere of 'Serendipity' on October 5, 2001.
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"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.”
A day after the premiere, Kate says she and her daughter Lily-Mo, then just under two-years-old, were invited to Weinstein's house for a “playdate” with his daughter.
But the children were taken away by a nanny and Weinstein quickly reprimanded her for looking "like a f***ing lesbian" and not wearing a "tight dress".
Kate 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 minute the door closed he started screaming 'you stupid fucking ****, you **** 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***ing lesbian you stupid f***ing ****.'
“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***ing premiere and if I want p***y on the red carpet that's what I get.' Screaming. Livid."
Kate has previously claimed the producer sexually harassed her when she was just 17, and said Weinstein punished her over the premiere incident for years.
She continued: “I WAS punished for it, and for other instances where I said no to him for years, insidiously and seeming irreversibly."
The Pearl Harbor star says she is relieved the fallen movie mogul will now likely live out the rest of his life behind bars but called for wider action to combat bullying in the industry.
She wrote: "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 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.
"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."
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