Cara Delevingne Breaks Silence on "Terrifying" Experience With Harvey Weinstein
"The more we talk about it, the less power we give them," said the actress.
Cara Delevingne is coming forward about her own experience with Harvey Weinstein.
On Wednesday, the actress recalled that when she first started in the film industry, she received a call from the film mogul and he asked her if she had slept with any of the women she had been seen with.
"When I first started to work as an actress," she recounted in an Instagram post, "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."
Delevingne continued: "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."
The actress released a statement a day after more women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Asia Argento and Lucia Evans came forward to provide more details about Weinstein's sexual harassment and assault.
She continued: "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," she wrote. "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."
The model/actress' statement on Wednesday echoed earlier accounts, recalling a time when Weinstein used his power over young actresses to hold "auditions" in his hotel room. She said that Weinstein tried to kiss her on the lips as he blocked the door when she tried to leave, but she managed to stop him.
She concluded: "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."
Delevingne starred in the film Tulip Fever, on which Weinstein served as a producer, but it's unclear if that's the movie she is referencing in her statement.
In a second Instagram post, Delevingne added, "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. 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."
Delevingne joins a chorus of women and men — including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, George Clooney and more — who have spoken out and condemned Weinstein's "inexcusable" behavior after numerous sexual assault and rape allegations surfaced in investigative exposes by The New York Times and The New Yorker.