It’s another day, another allegation of sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein as women continue to come forward after the shocking New York Times expose.
Cara Delevingne has revealed that Weinstein once pressured her to meet with him in a hotel room, where he appeared to coerce her into having a threesome.
In the statement posted on Instagram, Cara also reveals he threatened her not to come out as a gay or queer woman if she wanted a successful career.
“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,” she wrote.
“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 women specifically in public, that I’d never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood.”
The Paper Towns actress said the hotel room meeting occurred 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.”
This appears to be an example of the “honeypot” strategy staff say he used to lure women to meet with him – inviting another staff member, then asking them to leave.
“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,” she continued.
“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.”
But that’s when things turned.
“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.”
After the encounter, Cara was cast in The Weinstein Company film Tulip Fever.
“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.”
Cara is just the latest woman to speak out about inappropriate, often abusive behaviour by Weinstein – he’s accused of raping three women, as well as disturbing encounters with Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, among others.