With multiple famous women coming forward with their harrowing tales of Harvey Weinstein sexually harassing them throughout their respective careers, Cara Delevingne has now also shared her own, equally disturbing experience with the Hollywood mogul.
Releasing a statement to New York magazine and Huffington Post contributor Yashar Ali, Delevingne recounted two instances of how Weinstein harassed her. The first occurred, per Delevingne, when she was initially making her career switch from modeling to acting. “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 said. “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.”
A year or two later, Delevingne then said she experienced what’s reported to be Weinstein’s signature move as a serial harasser: She was invited to his hotel room to discuss a potential role for her in one of his upcoming films. When the film’s director left the meeting, that’s when things escalated. “As soon 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 said. “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.”
From there, in his room, things only got worse: “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 I could sing … 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.”
As mentioned, Delevingne has now joined the dozens of women—including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ashley Judd—who claimed to have also been sexually harassed by Weinstein. Many more Hollywood A-listers, including Emma Watson, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence, have publicly declared their support Weinstein’s accusers.
In a statement previously provided to CNN, Weinstein’s spokesperson said, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.” As of Wednesday, Weinstein is reportedly undergoing an intensive sex therapy rehabilitation therapy in Europe and has been fired from his Weinstein Company.