Cara Delevingne becomes latest star to allege sexual harassment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein
Cara Delevingne has come forward to tell how Harvey Weinstein asked her to kiss a female assistant and implied she should have sex with him after he invited her to his hotel room to discuss her film career.
The model and actress became the latest to allege sexual abuse or harassment at the hands of the Hollywood mogul.
Ms Delevingne said she had just started working as an actress when Mr Weinstein invited her to a meeting and suggested she kiss the female assistant, before trying to kiss her himself as she tried to leave.
She also said the producer had asked her about her relationships with women she had been seen with in public - and told her that she would not get any parts as a straight woman if she came out as gay. Ms Delevinge is openly bisexual.
Ms Delevingne said she did not speak out for fear of upsetting Mr Weinstein’s family and because she was scared of the repercussions.
She said that although she managed to flee the room “I still got the part in the film and always thought he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie.”
Earlier on Wednesday, actress Heather Graham told of her guilt for not previously speaking out over Harvey Weinstein’s abusive behaviour.
The star of Twin Peaks, The Hangover, Boogie Nights said Weinstein implied he would make her career prosper if she had sex with him during a meeting to discuss a film role in the early 2000s.
Graham spoke out after Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie joined the growling list of female stars to accuse Weinstein of sexual abuse and harassment.
Keira Knightley has also joined the chorus of condemnation which has greeted the numerous revelations about the man behind two of her own film hits.
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At the same time the BBC sacked Weinstein from his role as a producer of its adaptation of Les Miserables and the British Academy of Film and Theatre Arts (BAFTA) suspended his membership of the prestigious body.
Weinstein’s wife, the British fashion designer Georgina Chapman, yesterday announced she had left him following the revelations, saying: “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions.”
In a powerful account of her experience of Weinstein’s behaviour Graham said he had called her into his office and shown her a pile of scripts, saying that he wanted to cast her in one of his films.
He then claimed he had an agreement with his then wife, Eve Chilton, that he could sleep with whoever he wanted when he was “out of town”.
Graham said: “I walked out of the meeting feeling uneasy. There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there.”
She added: “I was never hired for one of his films.”
Graham now says she feels guilty for not speaking out over his behaviour at the time, saying she fears that by keeping quiet she made it easier for him to harass other women.
She told Vanity Fair magazine: “It wasn’t until Ashley Judd heroically shared her story a few days ago that I felt ashamed. If I had spoken up a decade ago, would I have saved countless women from the same experience I had or worse?”
Graham, who said that she feared she would not be believed if she reported Weinstein’s behaviour at the time and had not wanted to be defined as ‘a difficult woman’, added:
“I’m glad the victims are being heard, that powerful voices in the industry are speaking up to say this kind of behavior isn’t acceptable anymore, and that a predator is finally facing the consequences — it means the world is starting to change for the better.
“While I still do feel guilty for not speaking up all those years ago, I’m glad for this moment of reckoning.”
Knightley, who won a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her part in the Weinstein produced drama The Imitation Game and was photographed with him at Hollywood parties, said she was “profoundly shocked” by reports of his “disgusting behaviour”.
In a statement to the Daily Telegraph, the British-born actress said: “I worked with Mr Weinstein twice and although he was bullish in his marketing of the films, he was always professional with me.
“I had heard rumours of his tantrums and bullying but not of the extreme sexual harassment and abuse that is coming to light now.”
Knightley added: “I would like to applaud the extraordinary bravery of the women who are coming forward. It is only through acts of bravery like this that we will see change.
"I believe we need a serious discussion about women's treatment in the workplace and the culture that allows people like Mr Weinstein to so abhorrently abuse their power. It would be naive to assume that this is an isolated case in the film industry or any other and while women remain so underrepresented across all professions and in politics, they remain at risk.”
The BBC is understood to have removed Weinstein as an executive producer from its forthcoming adaptation of Les Misérables.
BAFTA said it was suspending Weinstein’s membership, stating: "Whilst Bafta has previously been a beneficiary of Mr Weinstein's support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with Bafta's values.
"We hope this announcement sends a clear message that such behaviour has absolutely no place in our industry.”
Ewan McGregor also spoke out, describing Weinstein as a "bully" over the multiple allegations of sexual abuse.
The star of Trainspotting and the Star Wars prequel, said he had "heard rumours" over the years and said the producer was now getting what he deserved.
McGregor wrote on Twitter: "Weinstein. It's about time this came to light and he is getting is just deserts. Heard rumours over the years but this is awful. Bye Bully!"
Fellow actor Kevin Bacon praised the courage of the women who have come forward to denounce Weinstein.
He tweeted: "Fathers. Teach your sons to respect woman. Teach your daughters to use their power like the voices of these heroic woman speaking out."
The British Film Institute (BFI) said it "wholeheartedly support(s) those brave enough to come forward and speak out" against Mr Weinstein.