Harvey Weinstein told Cara Delevingne: ‘You’ll never make it in Hollywood if you’re gay’
| Cara Delevingne has revealed her experience of working with disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
The model and performer says she had a “very odd and uncomfortable call” with the movie mogul when she started out as an actress.
Delevingne also claims he told her she would have no future in Hollywood if she is open about her sexuality and relationships with other women.
Writing on Instagram, she says: “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.
“I answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone.”
Weinstein, she writes, then said that if she “was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public” that she would never get a role playing a straight character or “make it as an actress in Hollywood.”
A string of high-profile actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have come forward to accuse the movie producer of sexual harassment or assault.
On Tuesday, Weinstein denied allegations of rape made in The New Yorker magazine. On the same day, his wife Georgina Chapman said she was leaving him.
Delevingne revealed that a year after the “uncomfortable” call she found herself in a meeting with Weinstein.
In her post, she reveals that he asked her to stay on after the meeting and invited her into his hotel room.
“As soon as [Weinstein and I] 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 wrote.
“He then invited me to his room.”
Weinstein’s assistant encouraged Delevingne to take up the offer.
“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,” Delevingne wrote.
“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.”
Thinking on her feet, Delevingne asked if Weinstein knew that she 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,” she added.
As she tried to leave, she blocked Weinstein from trying to kiss her.
“I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened,” she wrote. “Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part.”
She says fear and guilt kept her from going public about the incident ever since.
“I was so hesitant about speaking out….,” she writes.
“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.”
Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister 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.
“Mr Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.
“Mr Weinstein has begun counselling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.”