Kate Beckinsale: Weinstein Pulled Hotel Room Antics on Me at 17

She escaped 'uneasy but unscathed'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2017 12:51 PM CDT
Kate Beckinsale: Weinstein Pulled Hotel Room Antics on Me at 17
Kate Beckinsale attends a fashion show on June 8, 2017, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

The latest woman to accuse Harvey Weinstein of inappropriate sexual behavior was just 17 when the alleged incident occurred. In a lengthy Instagram post, Kate Beckinsale recounts an experience she had with Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel (the age of consent in the UK is 16). "He opened the door 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," she writes. "After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed." 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." She also says a male friend was ostracized by Weinstein after warning another young actress about him; that woman ended up sleeping with Weinstein.

Beckinsale's account comes as cops in both the US and the UK confirm they're investigating allegations against Weinstein, the Guardian reports. London police are looking into a sexual abuse allegation made against him and received by the department Wednesday. The NYPD, meanwhile, says it's "conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter" based on allegations in news reports. "No filed complaints have been identified as of this time," the NYPD statement notes. Actresses in the US and abroad have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault. Weinstein, who's reportedly in an Arizona treatment facility, has insisted he believed any sexual encounters were consensual. The Washington Post, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Variety, among many others, are keeping running lists of the women coming forward. (Read more Harvey Weinstein stories.)

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