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Cara Delevingne Reveals Gross Harvey Weinstein Encounter: ‘I Was Terrified’ Album

Cara Delevingne is the latest actress to come forward with her own tale of an inappropriate encounter with Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood power player who stands accused of sexually harassing — and in several cases allegedly abusing — multiple women over a decades-long period.

Delevingne joins a chorus that includes names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Rosanna Arquette, and Mira Sorvino, who have claimed that Weinstein harassed or assaulted them early in their careers. And according to the model-actress, it was a very similar story to the one others are telling, in which she was summoned to the producer’s hotel room for what she thought was a professional meeting; the encounter, however, soon morphed into something much more bizarre and frightening.

In a pair of posts on Instagram, Delevingne said she first came into contact with Weinstein when she was transitioning from modeling to acting, and the producer called her out of the blue to ask her some questions about her sex life. Delevingne, who identifies as sexually fluid, said the “very odd and uncomfortable” conversation ended with Weinstein warning her “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.”

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.

A post shared by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:39am PDT

Fast-forward to a couple years later, when the actress said she met with Weinstein in a hotel lobby to discuss a film role, which devolved into Weinstein allegedly bragging about his famous sexual conquests. Delevingne said she was then pressured by the producer’s assistant to join him in his hotel room; when the actress arrived, there was another woman there.

Delevingne wrote:

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.

In a follow-up post, Delevingne assured women who have experienced similar harassment or assault that the fault is not theirs, and thanked those who previously came forward about Weinstein for their honesty and bravery.

I want women and girls to know that being harassed or abused or raped is NEVER their fault and not talking about it will always cause more damage than speaking the truth. I am relieved to be able to share this….i actually feel better and I’m proud of the women who are brave enough to speak….this isn’t easy but there are strength in our numbers. As I said, this is only the beginning. 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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“In every industry and especially in Hollywood, men abuse their power using fear and get away with it,” the actress wrote. “This must stop. The more we talk about it, the less power we give them.”

Through a spokesperson, Weinstein has previously denied any non-consensual sexual accusations. He was recently fired from his position at The Weinstein Company, and his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, has announced she intends to file for divorce.

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