Cara Delevingne Reveals That Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassed Her
"He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips."
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)
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."