The whole world and Hollywood especially is reeling from the revelations that big shot film producer Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator who would regularly assault young actresses and allegedly even rape them, and more and more women are now coming out and sharing their stories.
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The latest is Cara Delevingne who has a particularly upsetting and graphic story about the time Weinstein tried to coerce her into a threesome with another unknown woman during a meeting about a film she was set to star in. She laid it all out on her Instagram and it’s particularly icky:
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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Geez. I’m glad she got out of there but it sounds like it left her emotionally traumatised like Harvey’s actions seem to have affected so many women. It seems like he’s getting what he deserves though as he’s been fired from his company, his wife has left him and his life seems to be in tatters, but I don’t know if this will ever be enough for all the women that he’s wronged over the years.
The most worrying thing about all this though is that it seems like people are surprised about all this? It seems obvious to me that powerful men have been abusing their positions for years behind closed doors and nobody has ever done anything about it for the same simple reason that these women have never said anything until now: fear.
Hopefully these women speaking signals the start of change in this respect, but unfortunately I see this being a problem for many years to come. Depressing.
For more Cara Delevingne, check out this story about her having sex on a plane. Consensual, obviously.