Kate Beckinsale: Harvey Weinstein encounter 'left in tears'

Kate Beckinsale has said Harvey Weinstein was verbally abusive towards her after a film premiere in 2001.

The actress alleges she was left in tears after Weinstein objected to an outfit she wore to a premiere, which he said made her “look like a lesbian”.

The disgraced movie producer was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault on Wednesday.

Representatives for Weinstein said he was unable to respond to Beckinsale’s claims.

White suit instead of a dress

In an Instagram post which contains highly offensive language, Beckinsale uploaded a picture of her outfit and recalled her encounter with Weinstein.

The actress said she was reluctant to attend the premiere for her film Serendipity because it took place less than a month after the 9/11 terror attacks, which she says felt “disrespectful”.

But Beckinsale claims Weinstein, whose entertainment company Miramax distributed the film, “insisted” the premiere go ahead.

The actress agreed to attend the event as a result and was photographed attending wearing a white suit on 5 October, 2001.

However, she alleges, Weinstein invited her to his house so their young daughters could have a playdate the following morning, where he was verbally abusive towards her.

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