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Cara Delevingne Says She Is Also Victim Of Harvey Weinstein: 'I Felt Guilty'

"I was ... terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear."

Actress and model Cara Delevingne is the latest celebrity to come forward with a horrific story about the abuse she suffered at the hands of embattled film producer and executive, Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein has been the subject of criticism and conversation following a massive expose published by the New York Times on his decades-long history of unpunished sexual misconduct. 

Delevingne posted her story on Instagram, encouraging others to speak out and conquer the guilt and shame associated with abuse. She hopes her story will inspire other victims to comeforward with their narratives:

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.

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Lisa Bloom, a lawyer who was advising Weinstein before she resigned, said in an initial statement that “he denies many of the accusations as patently false.”

Delevingne explains that Weinstein had interrogated her on her queerness and encouraged her to stay in the closet. Later, she claims that Weinstein would go on to pressure her into sexual acts with another woman in a hotel room. Delevingne attempted to flee the situation but Weinstein prevented her from leaving and kissed her on the mouth without her consent.

Delevingne says she "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."

Delevingne had starred in the Weinstein-produced film Tulip Fever, which was shot in 2014 and just released in September.

Delevingne now joins a growing list of women who claim to have been victims of the influential Hollywood personality. Other celebs coming forward with accusations include Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, and Gwenyth Paltrow

Weinstein has faced no criminal charges for his alleged crimes, although reports indicate that the NYPD are working towards collecting enough evidence for a prosecution.

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