Actor, talent and model Cara Delevingne has added her name to the list of Harvey Weinstein accusers. Delevingne's story follows a rush of events too many to enumerate. Highlights include the decision of Weinstein's wife and Marchesa founder Georgina Chapman to separate from the beseiged Hollywood producer; and allegations against Weinstein by Lea Seydoux, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
Delevigne shared her story on Instagram with a photo reading: "Don't be ashamed of your story it will inspire others."
The revelation comes at a time when Delevingne's new book 'Mirror, Mirror' is out, as a story of painful discovery in the teen years. Parts of the actor's history of depression are woven throughout the book, a subject she tackled in a recent interview with Net-a-Porter.
Cara alleges that she received a phone 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."
Delevingne then described a subsequent meeting with him where Weinstein bragged about “all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers”, and then invited her to his hotel room. “I felt very powerless and scared, but didn't want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation,” she said of complying. “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.”
The actress tried to diffuse the situation by singing – “I thought it would make the situation better, more professional, like an audition. I was so nervous” – and swiftly tried to leave. “He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips,” she remembered. “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 [have] felt awful that I did the movie,” Delevingne concluded. “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.”