As the Harvey Weinstein case winds down and the former head of The Weinstein Company heads to prison for 23 years, new stories are still emerging about the former producer’s behavior. While Kate Beckinsale says she wasn’t sexually harassed or assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, she did reveal a post 9/11 story that is still fresh on her mind nearly 20 years later. Probably because she remembers Harvey Weinstein calling her a “cunt.”
In her words, the year she starred opposite John Cusack in the romantic charmer Serendipity, the premiere happened in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 attacks. In a detailed post, the actress revealed she and some of her co-stars wanted to cancel the premiere but that Harvey Weinstein insisted that the show must go on.
She chose a demure white suit and tie for the occasion, detailed in her Instagram post:
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The premiere went off without a hitch, but little did she know, Harvey Weinstein was not happy about her clothing choice at Serendipity’s premiere. She says under the guise of setting up a playdate, he used the opportunity to repeatedly describe her using c-bombs and other language about her body. Per Kate Beckinsale:
In the post, she said she tried to defend her choice of costume, noting that post 9/11 wasn’t really the time for sultry looks, but according to her he didn’t want to hear it. She later touched base on the Me Too movement and Harvey Weinstein going to prison, noting that this sort of abuse is still happening in some corners of Hollywood.
The old trope of certain personalities being difficult to deal with has been a part of Hollywood’s story and its lore for a long time. I was watching THR’s writer’s roundtable some months ago and they were asked about this type of personality, with many of them stating there's no room for this behavior anymore. As a result, this type of personality has started to fade out as the times have changed in the industry. Twenty years ago, this wasn't the case.
Anyway, the point is, one related thing from the interview I learned from The Two Popes writer Anthony McCarten is that some people who worked with Harvey Weinstein actually had worked clauses into their contracts in order to enable them to get paid more if Harvey Weinstein yelled at them about something. He said he personally never worked for The Weinstein Company for that reason.
The story from Kate Beckinsale came just a few hours after Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Harvey Weinstein is currently 67 years old, and if he serves his full sentence, he will be 90 years of age before he gets out of jail.
In addition, the story also comes just a few short days after Jennifer Aniston was sort of brought into the Harvey Weinstein narrative after evidence of an email chain came out in which Weinstein glibly mentioned he thought Aniston should be killed. Women including Ashley Judd, Marvel actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and more have all shared their Harvey Weinstein stories as well.
Amazing Race & Top Chef superfan with a pinch of Disney fairy dust thrown in. If you’ve created a rom-com I’ve probably watched it.
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