Cara Delevingne took to Instagram on Wednesday to speak out about a previous encounter with Harvey Weinstein that made her feel “powerless and scared.”
In the wake of numerous women coming forward with sexual misconduct and sexual assault claims against Weinstein, Delevingne wrote about a incident that happened years ago when she was launching her acting career. She described the movie mogul called her to ask if she had slept with the women whom she was seen with in the media.
“It was a very odd and uncomfortable call,” the “Suicide Squad” actress wrote. “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.”
According to Delevingne, she met with Weinstein and a director in the lobby of a hotel to discuss an upcoming film a year or two later.
“The director left the meeting, and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him,” she wrote. “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.”
Delevingne recalled that Weinstein invited her to his room, and she declined, but that his assistant said Delevingne’s car wasn’t available and that she should accompany Weinstein 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 continued. “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.”
The “Paper Towns” star said she soon asked to leave, at which point she says that he tried to kiss her on the lips. She said she then managed to exit the room. She added that she later got the role in the film but has since “felt awful” that she took the gig.
“I felt like I didn’t deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out,” she wrote on Instagram. “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’s story follows a steady stream of women with claims of misconduct and assault from Weinstein, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Asia Argento.
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