Shortly after news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual assaults hit the internet, many actresses and celebrities stepped forward to tell their stories about the producer and his unwanted advances. Just this morning, we recalled stories from Gwenyth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Milennial superstar model and actress, Cara Delevinge, has joined Weinstein's terrible list of victims.
Cara began to tell her story via Instagram, beginning, "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."
Years later, Cara had a meeting with Weinstein and the director of a film she was looking to book in a hotel lobby. Once the director left, Weinstein and Delevigne chatted alone and the model was keen to leave. Weinstein asked the model to stay and chat a moment, so she obliged, only for him 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 [Cara] to his room."
She looked to his female assistant for an escape, asking if her car had arrived yet. The assistant said no, it had not, and that Ms. Delevinge should join Harvey in his room. Delevinge admits she felt powerless and scared and pressured and so, she went.
"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."
Cara used singing as a diversion, to make the horrible encounter seem more like an audition and told Weinstein she had to leave when her song was done. "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."
Cara explains why she waited before speaking out saying, "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, Cara published this inspiration quote-photo and noted, "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," she said, and praised the women who have stepped forward for their bravery.
"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."