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:
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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