The 25-year-old actress and fashion model, Cara Delevingne, also joined the list of numerous female celebrities who lately complained about Harvey Weinstein’s improper behavior.
On Wednesday night, October 11, the English beauty shared a post on her Instagram account in which she finally spoke about her unfortunate intimate encounter with the 65-year-old infamous film producer
On Tuesday, October 10, The New Yorker had reported that 13 women have claimed the producer sexually harassed or assaulted them. Moreover, three of them even accused him of rape. On the other hand, Weinstein’s representative has said that ‘any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.’
The same day, the New York Times reported that Gwyneth Paltrow, the 45-year-old actress, also stated Weinstein sexually harassed her more than 20 years ago.
Angelina Jolie recalled to the newspaper a ‘bad experience’ she had had with him when she was younger, that prompted her to choose ‘never to work with him again.’
‘Don’t be ashamed of your story it will inspire others,’ the photo Delevingne posted read.
‘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,’ she continued. ‘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.’
The famous model said that when she arrived, she was ‘relieved’ to find another woman in the room and thought she was ‘safe.’
“He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction,” she said about Weinstein. “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.”
The New York Times had already reported that Weinstein had reached eight settlements with women who made allegations of past sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact. After that story was published, the producer said in a statement, ‘I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it’ and added, ‘I’ve brought on therapists and I plan to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue head on.’ He was later fired from the Weinstein Company.
Despite his public apology, Harvey still plans to sue The New York Times for an estimated $50 million over its story, which one of his attorneys said is ‘saturated with false and defamatory statements.’
‘I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened,’ Delevingne continued. ‘Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part.’
Delevingne did not name the movie in question. Her latest film, Tulip Fever, which began filming in 2014, was co-produced by the Weinstein Company and released this September.
In a second Instagram post, Delevingne said, ‘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,’ she said. ‘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.’