Women across the film industry are continuing to add their voices to the chorus of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, as the famed producer deals with the fallout of several reports claiming he consistently abused his position of power as a famed Hollywood producer to sexually harass and attack women.
Now model and actor Cara Delevingne says that she had a disturbing encounter with Weinstein that left her feeling “powerless and scared”.
Delevingne claims in an Instagram post that what she’d believed to be a work meeting with the film mogul had involved “inappropriate” conversation about her sexuality and Weinstein first asking her to kiss another woman, before trying to kiss her himself.
Alongside a quote reading, “Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others”, she writes: “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.”
Delevingne then describes how “a year or two later”, a hotel meeting with Weinstein and a director turned equally uncomfortable.
“The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him,” she says. “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.”
Delevingne goes on to say that the presence of another woman once she got to his room made her feel safer, but the situation quickly turned sexual.
She writes: “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.”
The model then attempted to leave, but says Weinstein blocked the door “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.”
She adds: “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.”
Following a report by The New York Times, in which Ashley Judd went on record alleging inappropriate sexual behaviour by Weinstein in a hotel room, several women in the film industry have now publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, including high-profile actors such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, while others have said they knew nothing of the alleged behaviour but condemned it.
Subsequent reports by The New Yorker saw multiple women accuse the producer of assault and harassment, ranging from accounts of sexual touching to rape. The report included audio from 2015, recorded in a police sting operation, in which Weinstein appears to admit to groping a model.
While Weinstein, who has since been sacked from his own company, denies any allegations of non-consensual sex or “acts of retaliation” against those who refused alleged advances, he has said in a statement via his spokesperson that he “has begun counselling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.”
Earlier this week, his wife, designer Georgina Chapman, said she had separated from the producer.
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