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Cara Delevingne Reveals That Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassed Her

Cara Delevingne is the latest celebrity to step forward and accuse movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow have also shared similar accounts. The events came to light after a report was released by the New York Times earlier this week. The Times also revealed that Weinstein had reached private settlements with eight different women, including actress Rose McGowan.

Delevingne opened up on Instagram, detailing what happened while she was filming Tulip Fever in 2014. "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 [within] the media," she wrote.

"It was a very odd and uncomfortable call," she continued. "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, specifically in public, I'd never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood." (Related: Cara Delevingne Opens Up About "Losing the Will to Live" While Battling Depression)

 

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.

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Delevingne said that a couple years later she was invited to Weinstein's hotel for a meeting regarding the same film. At first, they spoke in the lobby, but then he reportedly invited her to his room upstairs. The actress said that at first, she denied the invite but his assistant encouraged her to go to the room.

"When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately that I was safe," Delevingne wrote. "He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction."

In an attempt to change the tone, Delevingne started to sing to make it feel more professional. "I was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave," she wrote. "He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips."

After these alleged incidents, Delevingne continued to work on Tulip Fever, which hit the big screen in September 2017. She says she felt guilty ever since.

"I felt awful that I did the movie," she wrote. "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. I want women and girls to know that being harassed or abused or raped is NEVER their fault."

In a separate post on Instagram, Delevingne said she feels relieved after finally being able to share her story and encourages other women to do the same. "I actually feel better and I'm proud of the women who are brave enough to speak," she said. "This isn't easy but there [is] 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."

Weinstein has since been fired from his own company and his wife, Georgina Chapman, has left him. "My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," she told People. "I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time."

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