'I felt guilty as if I did something wrong,' Delevingne wrote
After multiple women have come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, actress and model Cara Delevingne is also speaking out, claiming Weinstein made inappropriate comments about her sexuality and tried to kiss her in a hotel room.
Delevingne recalled on Instagram how, as a young actress, she had an “uncomfortable” and “terrifying” encounter with the film producer. Delevingne had a supporting role in Weinstein’s film Tulip Fever, which was filmed in 2014 but released in September of this year.
“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,” she wrote. “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 claimed that a year or two later, she met with Weinstein and a director about an upcoming film in the lobby of a hotel.
“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,” Delevingne wrote. “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 she went to Weinstein’s room, Delevingne alleges, she was relieved to find another woman waiting there, but Weinstein then asked the two women to kiss. She left, but not before she claims Weinstein tried to kiss her on the lips.
“I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened,” Delevingne 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.”
In a followup post, Delevingne added that she was “relieved” to be able to share her story and show her support for other victims of sexual harassment.
“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. 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.”
Multiple women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Asia Argento, and Ashley Judd, have alleged sexual misconduct against Weinstein. In a New Yorker story published Tuesday, three women, including Argento, claimed they were sexually assaulted by the film producer. In a statement released by a representative to The New Yorker, Weinstein “unequivocally denied” all allegations of nonconsensual sex. “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” read a statement released Tuesday to the publication. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
A representative for Weinstein did not immediately respond to a request on Delevingne’s allegations.