is the latest actress to come forward with her own tale of an inappropriate encounter with , the Hollywood power player who stands — and in several cases allegedly abusing — multiple women over a decades-long period.
Delevingnethat 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.
Inof , 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.”
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.
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.
“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.