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Cara Delevingne, Lea Seydoux claim Harvey Weinstein tried to sexually assault them

In a lengthy Instagram post, Cara Delevingne has said that Weinstein tried to get her to kiss a woman in front of him. Lea Seydoux has said in an essay that everyone was aware of what he was doing.

hollywood Updated: Oct 12, 2017 09:36 IST
Model and actress Cara Delevingne and actor Lea Seydoux have joined the long list of women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Model and actress Cara Delevingne and actor Lea Seydoux have joined the long list of women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.(AFP)

Model and actress Cara Delevingne and actor Lea Seydoux have joined the long list of women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. Weinstein was fired from his firm, Weinstein Company, after New York Times published the accounts of over eight women, including actor Ashley Judd, who claimed they were harassed by the producer. Since then, many other women including actors Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have added to the claims.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Delevingne has said that Weinstein brought up sexual subjects during more than one business meeting and also tried to get Delevingne to kiss a woman in front of him. She said she did not participate and left the room. She later appeared in a Weinstein Co. film.

“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,” she wrote.

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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“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,” she added.

Delevingne said in another post that abuse of women by powerful men happens in every industry. She urged victims to speak out.

Actor Lea Seydoux wrote an essay in Guardian writing how she was the recipient of unwanted advances from Weinstein. “He invited me to come to his hotel room for a drink. We went up together. It was hard to say no because he’s so powerful. All the girls are scared of him. Soon, his assistant left and it was just the two of us. That’s the moment where he started losing control... We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along,” she wrote.

The Blue is The warmest Colour star added that everyone was aware of what Weinstein was up to. “Everyone knew what Harvey was up to and no one did anything. One night, I saw him in London for the Baftas. He was hitting on a young woman. Another time, at the Met Life ball, I saw him trying to convince a young woman to sleep with him. Everyone could see what he was doing,” she wrote.

A message sent to a Weinstein spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

The University at Buffalo is moving to have alumnus Harvey Weinstein’s honorary degree revoked in response to multiple accusations of harassment and sexual assault against the Hollywood mogul. The university said it is “well aware” of the allegations against Weinstein, who was an English major there from 1969-1973. The university said it has begun the process for revoking the honorary degree it bestowed on him in 2000. The decision lies with the State University of New York board of trustees.

In awarding the honorary SUNY doctorate of humane letters, the university noted that Weinstein and another student started a concert promotion company in 1972 called Harvey and Corky Productions, which became a fixture on Buffalo’s music scene.

Multiple women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing. He denies non-consensual activity.

Britain’s film academy has also said it has suspended producer Harvey Weinstein over the multiple accusations of harassment and sexual assault against him that recently became public. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts said that Weinstein was informed “that his membership has been suspended, effective immediately.”

The organisation added Weinstein had supported its charitable work, but called his alleged behaviour “completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values.” The British academy has about 7,500 members who work in film, television and games. It offers training and support for people in the industry and organizes annual movie, TV and games awards.

One of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, Weinstein has been fired by the company he co-founded after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment and assault. He denies non-consensual activity.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie earlier said they endured harassment from Weinstein. The accounts published in The New York Times came hours after The New Yorker reported that three women have accused Weinstein of raping them.

Weinstein has been silent on the accusations, but many in Hollywood were not. Condemnation rained down Tuesday from one-time Weinstein collaborators Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, and numerous other Hollywood actors and executives.

Actress Lindsay Lohan has said she feels “very bad” for Harvey Weinstein, who was fired by the company he co-founded amid decades of allegations of sexual harassment. Lohan made the comments in a since-deleted Instagram video Tuesday. The video was captured by followers who posted it to social media. In it, she says that she has done several movies with Weinstein and he never harmed her.

Lohan also called on Weinstein’s wife Georgina Chapman to “take a stand and be there for her husband.” Chapman said Tuesday that she plans to divorce Weinstein. An emoji with a halo under the name “Harvey” was displayed on screen during the clip. Lohan has been sharply criticized on social media over the video. Her representative didn’t immediately return a request for comment Wednesday.

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