Cara Delevingne has become the latest actress to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. The model appeared in The Weinstein Company’s “Tulip Fever” and alleges that Weinstein tried to kiss her during a meeting in a hotel that was set up to see if Weinstein and Delevingne had any projects they could work on. She says he also asked to watch her kiss another woman.
According to Delevingne, Weinstein called her early on in her acting career and asked if she had ever slept with women or if she was ever photographed out with another woman romantically, to which the former studio head told her that “if [she] was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that [she’d] never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood.”
Flashforward a year or two and she was meeting with Weinstein at a hotel to discuss a new film project. “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,” she said of the meeting in an Instagram post.
Weinstein invited Delevingne up to his room, where another women was waiting. “He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction,” Delevingne writes. “I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing….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.”
Delevingne ended up getting the part in the movie and ended up signing on to star, a decision she says she feels terrible about to this day. The actress joins Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ashley Judd as one of many celebrities who have accused Weinstein of harassment over the last week.
Read Delevingne’s full statement below.
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.