Cara Delevingne is the latest in a growing number of actresses to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.
The model-turned-actress claims that the producer – who has been fired from his own company following numerous sexual harassment allegations – tried to coerce her into kissing another woman in front of him, before himself trying to kiss her.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Delevingne details how he called her to ask her about her sexual orientation, telling her she’d never land any heterosexual acting roles or succeed in Hollywood generally if she came out publicly. A year or two later, Weinstein invited her to meet him at a hotel to discuss a future film role. It was there that the aforementioned attempted sexual assault took place.
“I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened,” she wrote. “Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out… I didn’t want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.”
When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call….i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I’d never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood. A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn’t and wouldn’t be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn’t want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation. When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction. I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing….i thought it would make the situation better….more professional….like an audition….i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room. I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out….I didn’t want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.
Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lea Seydoux are among the numerous women who have accused Weinstein of sexual abuse. Allegations vary from rape to sexual harassment.
Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” allegations of non-consensual sex. As well as having been fired, BAFTA has also suspended his membership from the organisation.
In a second Instagram post, Delevingne said that she hopes her statement will help others to come forward.
“I want women and girls to know that being harassed or abused or raped is never their fault and not talking about it will always cause more damage than speaking the truth,” she wrote. “I am relieved to be able to share this… I actually feel better and I’m proud of the women who are brave enough to speak. This isn’t easy but there are strength in our numbers.”
I want women and girls to know that being harassed or abused or raped is NEVER their fault and not talking about it will always cause more damage than speaking the truth. I am relieved to be able to share this….i actually feel better and I’m proud of the women who are brave enough to speak….this isn’t easy but there are strength in our numbers. As I said, this is only the beginning. In every industry and especially in Hollywood, men abuse their power using fear and get away with it. This must stop. The more we talk about it, the less power we give them. I urge you all to talk and to the people who defend these men, you are part of the problem
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK