Cara Delevingne reveals details of what happened to her in Harvey Weinstein’s room
Hollywood has found itself embroiled in a media storm after The New York Times published a damning exposé chronicling decades of sexual abuse made by renowned film producer, Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein established Miramax in 1979 and quickly went on to become an omnipresent figure in the film industry. After producing a litany of greats such as Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love and Good Will Hunting, Weinstein went onto establish the Weinstein Company - another veritable success.
However, it appears that the film mogul's influence and blinding success has shielded him from a long history of sexual misconduct against vulnerable young women. As of now, 29 women have come forward to share their stories, and many of them are household names, such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd. Furthermore, Weinstein's coterie of victims stretches further to established foreign actresses, aspiring performers and office assistants.
Now, model and actress Cara Delevingne has come forward to share details of the abuse she endured at the hands of the disgraced producer.
In an Instagram post, the 25-year-old model revealed how Harvey Weinstein shamed her for her sexuality and sexually harassed her, leaving her to feel "very powerless and scared".
"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," the Paper Towns star began:
"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".
Cara continued to tell of a particularly harrowing episode, which involved Weinstein inviting her up to his room where he suggested a threesome with an unnamed woman.
"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."
Despite Cara attempting to diffuse the situation, it continued to escalate, with Weinstein attempting to kiss her.
"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."
Cara then proceeded to discuss the emotional ramifications the traumatising episode, admitting that she felt "guilty" and as if she had "done something wrong". "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," she wrote.
"I was so hesitant about speaking out… I didn’t want to hurt his family.
"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."
While Cara's courage is certainly applaudable, it does reveal the depths to which Weinstein's actions were covered up and kept secret from the public. Now we can only hope that those who suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein will finally be able to get some closure and begin the healing process.