Cara Delevingne said Harvey Weinstein tried to make her kiss another woman
"I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened"
More and more women are starting to come out about their experience with sexual harassment – many of these women are prominent figures in the entertainment industry, and the men who allegedly wronged them are equally prominent.
Cara Delevingne has shared her firsthand account about a meeting with film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was recently accused of inappropriate advances by multiple women. Cara claimed that Harvey had asked her to kiss another woman, and told her that if she was publically gay, she would never "make it as an actress in Hollywood."
In her lengthy Instagram post, she wrote that Weinstein had also bragged about actresses that he'd slept with, and "how he had made their careers." She said that he had invited her to his hotel room, but after initially refusing, she had hoped that she was wrong about him seemingly wanting to make advances on her. It was in Weinstein's room that he had asked her to kiss another woman who was there.
"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 wrote.
Cara did not say which film it was that involved Weinstein, but it's worth noting that 2017 historical drama film Tulip Fever, in which Cara had a supporting role, was distributed by The Weinstein Company.
"I was so hesitant about speaking out," the actress added. "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."
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.
Meanwhile, Ben Affleck has apologised to Hilarie Burton for groping her during an appearance on Total Request Live in 2003. Video of him doing so began circulating again after the Justice League actor made a public statement on Twitter, addressing Weinstein's sexual assault allegations, saying that it "made me sick."
Someone brought up the incident on Twitter, and Hilarie replied: "I didn't forget."
I didn't forget.— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 10, 2017
Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid.— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 11, 2017
Ben promptly apologised.
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017