Cara Delevingne is the latest to come forward in what seems like a never-ending montage of women telling similar stories about Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment over the past few decades. Delevingne posted her story to Instagram, next to a picture that says, "Don't be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others." Delevingne, who is bisexual, writes that in one instance, Weinstein called her to question her about sleeping with other women in Hollywood and threatened that if she publicly dated a woman she'd never be cast in starring roles. In another incident, she writes that she was urged by his assistant to go with him up to his hotel room, where he then tried to get her to kiss another woman before making an advance on her himself. She was able to break free and leave the room, but she said she then felt guilt over participating in his film.
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.
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We applaud all of the women who have come forward to share their stories, as it takes immense bravery to do so.
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