In a candid Instagram post, the actress called out the Hollywood heavyweight for the way he scolded her when she turned up to the 2001 premiere of her film Serendipity — which he had produced — wearing a pantsuit.
The premiere took place in October 2001, one month after the September 11 attacks on New York City. Although Beckinsale thought it was “insensitive, tone deaf, disrespectful” for the premiere to go ahead, she still went as she said Weinstein had “insisted”.
The next day, Weinstein asked Beckinsale to come over to his house so his daughter and Beckinsale’s daughter could have a play date. It was just a ruse, as the actress soon discovered.
“I turned up and he immediately called for his nanny to take the babies to another room to play,” the actress began in her post, which was accompanied with photos from the premiere.
“I went to go with them and he said, ‘No, you wait here.’ The minute the door closed he started screaming, ‘You stupid fucking C—, you C—, 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 a–, you shake your tits, you do not go down it looking like a f—ing lesbian.'”
Beckinsale said the outburst brought her to tears and she tried to tell Weinstein she did not think it was appropriate to be all glammed up “like it’s a bachelor party” when thousands had lost their loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
“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.’ [He was] screaming. Livid,” Beckinsale added.
The actress and her two-year-old daughter eventually managed to leave Weinstein’s house. Though she said the exchange was nothing close to what the producer had subjected other women to, Beckinsale was made to pay for disobeying him.
“Yes, that was one of many experiences I had that there was no recourse for, and falls under no felony. But I WAS punished for it, and for other instances where I said no to him for years, insidiously and seeming irreversibly,” 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.”
Beckinsale said she tried to speak up, but her voice was silenced by those in the industry who are just like Weinstein.
“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,” she concluded.
“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.”