Cara Delevingne has opened up about her own experience with disgraced movie executive Harvey Weinstein, alleging that he once asked her to kiss another woman while he watched.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the model and actress — who is openly bisexual — said that Weinstein also told her to remain closeted if she wanted to work in the industry.
“When I first started to work as an actress, I was working on a film,” she wrote, “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.”
Delevingne claims Weinstein then said, “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.”
The incident where she was asked to kiss another woman apparently occurred a year later. Delevingne said she ended up alone with Weinstein after a meeting with him and a director about a part in an upcoming film.
Weinstein proceeded to discuss “inappropriate things of a sexual nature,” she claims, before inviting her to his hotel room. Delevingne said she declined, but ultimately entered 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,” she said.
Once in the room, Weinstein asked her to kiss another woman present there. The other woman attempted to distract Weinstein, but when Delevingne tried to leave, she claims 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.”
Delevingne said she ultimately got the part in the film, but “felt like I didn’t deserve [it].”
As for why she didn’t speak out previously, she said, “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.
The fallout continues in Hollywood after the allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein were first revealed.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino, Rose McGowan and others have all accused the co-founder of The Weinstein Company of varying degrees of assault and unwanted advances, from asking Paltrow to massage him to one anonymous actor who claims Weinstein raped her.
Weinstein’s spokesperson told the Guardian: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein. Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
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