CARA DELEVINGNE has joined the chorus of condemnation against Harvey Weinstein. The model-turned-actress took to Instagram to share how she was allegedly sexually harassed by him when she first started working in Hollywood.
The Vogue cover girl posted a long note alongside a picture that read, “Don’t be ashamed of your story it will inspire others.” She began the caption by detailing a phone call that she received from 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 went on to describe a meeting with him a year or two later, where Weinstein bragged about “all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers”, and subsequently invited her to his hotel room. “I felt very powerless and scared, but didn’t want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation,” she said of complying. “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.”
The actress tried to diffuse the situation by singing – “I thought it would make the situation better, more professional, like an audition. I was so nervous” – and swiftly tried to leave. “He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips,” she remembered. “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 [have] felt awful that I did the movie,” she continued. “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.”
Delevingne’s allegations came after Weinstein’s wife, Marchesa founder Georgina Chapman, announced that she was leaving him, and Lea Seydoux, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie joined the list of Hollywood stars to make accusations against the movie mogul.