(Weinstein sex harassment claims) Kate Beckinsale recalls bathrobe moment

World | 13 Oct 2017 9:37 am

On Thursday, actress Kate Beckinsale recounted that she was 17 when Harvey Weinstein greeted her in his bathrobe. Years later, Beckinsale said, she met Weinstein again and he asked if he had tried anything at their first meeting. She said she realized "he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not.''

The actress said she rejected several offers over the years to work with Weinstein, and he would often respond with anger, profanity and threats. She called for industry changes to be made to "stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder.''

The Eastern branch of the Writers Guild of America pledged to take action to prevent future abuse, noting that "sexual harassment and assault have long been hallmarks of the entertainment industry.

Fallout from the numerous allegations against Weinstein, 65, continued Thursday, with the leaders of the Cannes film festival expressing dismay at the accusations.

"These actions point to a pattern of behavior that merits only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnation,'' said festival president Pierre Lescure and general delegate Thierry Fremaux.

Hachette Book Group, one of the country's top publishers, also announced it has "terminated'' Weinstein Books. -AP

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