Queer actress Cara Delevingne has opened up about her harassment by disgraced movie titan Harvey Weinstein.
Delevingne, who stars opposite Orlando Bloom in the new Amazon series Carnival Row, began her transition from modeling to acting appearing in several films in 2014. Her looks and dramatic range caught her immediate attention, and Hollywood began to take notice too. That led to meetings with Weinstein in 2016, and to incidents of harassment.
According to Delevingne, “One of the first things Harvey Weinstein ever said to me was, ‘You will never make it in this industry as a gay woman – get a beard.’ … When I’d just started to audition for films, he was naming people [women] I’m friends with – famous people – and asking, ‘Have you slept with this person?’ I just thought: this is insane.”
Delevigne also alleges that on another occasion, Weinstein tried to touch her inappropriately. He also asked her to make out with another actress in front of him. To date, more than 100 women–many of them famous actresses–have accuesed Weinstein of misconduct ranging from inappropriate comments to outright rape. Among them: Rose McGowan, Gwenyth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o and Daryl Hannah. At present Weinstein is awaiting a rape trial in New York.