Cara Delevingne claims Harvey Weinstein tried to make her kiss another woman
Delevingne, who has said that she is bisexual, alleged Weinstein once called to advise her against ever going public with a same-sex relationship for the good of her career. She also alleged that a year or so after that "odd and uncomfortable call," Weinstein brought her to a hotel room after a business meeting for an upcoming film, where she claims he asked her to kiss another woman before making a sexual advance himself.
She shared that she later landed the role in the movie, but always questioned why. Delevingne and Weinstein worked together on the 2017 film "Tulip Fever."
"Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn't deserve the part," she wrote. "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, 64, was terminated by The Weinstein Company Sunday after several women, including actress Ashley Judd, came forward with allegations of harassment and misconduct in interviews with The New York Times. The movie executive's attorney Charles Harder called that story "saturated with false and defamatory statements," and claimed to be preparing a lawsuit against the newspaper. On Tuesday, the New Yorker magazine and The New York Times released the stories of many other women, three of whom claimed Weinstein sexually assaulted them.
"Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein," his spokeswoman told The New Yorker. "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," according to the full statement from Weinstein's spokesperson. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
Delevingne, who said that she "managed to get out of the room" before anything with Weinstein turned physical, explained that she spoke out to encourage other women to follow suit. Sharing what she says happened to her, she wrote, has given her a sense of relief.
"This isn't easy but there are strength in our numbers. As I said, this is only the beginning," she wrote. "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."
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October 12, 2017
Sources:` ABC News
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