Model and actress Cara Delevingne has shared her own unsavory experience working with Harvey Weinstein, taking a “very odd odd and uncomfortable call” from him.
Weinstein allegedly said she’d have no Hollywood career if she chose to be open about her relationships with other women.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Delevingne writes:
“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.
I answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone.”
She claims Weinstein said that if she “was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public,” she’d never be cast as a straight character or ever “make it as an actress in Hollywood.”
One year after the “uncomfortable” call, she wound up in a meeting with Weinstein, and he invited her to his hotel room after:
“As soon as [Weinstein and I] 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.”
Weinstein’s assistant strongly suggested Delevingne take him up on the offer.
“At that moment I felt very powerless and scared,” she writes, “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.”
To subtly defuse the situation and sidestep her advances, Delevingne asked Weinstein if he knew she 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.”
Heading towards the door, she blocked Weinstein as he attempted to kiss her.
“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.”
She admits a sense of guilt, shame, and fear made her keep the incident to herself:
“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.”
Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister insists that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.”
“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.”