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Cara Delevingne accuses Harvey Weinstein of trying to bring her into a threesome as allegations mount up

The English actress claims the incident happened after she met Weinstein to discuss a part in a hotel lobby.

Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Harvey Weinstein, pictured in January 2016 Source: AP/PA Images

THE AVALANCHE OF assault accusations against Harvey Weinstein is growing steadily as more actresses came forward with explosive charges against the movie mogul, whose lurid behaviour has opened a Pandora’s Box of Hollywood harassment and hypocrisy.

Last night, English actress and model Cara Delevingne suggested that the disgraced mogul had once attempted to engage her in a threesome with another woman in exchange for a film part.

“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,” Delevingne wrote on her Instagram account.

She said that “a year or two later” she met Weinstein and a director in the lobby of a hotel to discuss a part. As soon as the director left, Delevingne claims that Weinstein “began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and… other inappropriate things of a sexual nature”.

“He then invited me 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.”

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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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.

Repugnant

The new claims landed as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Cannes film festival organisation declared the abusive behaviour repugnant, but also as film figures warned that such actions have gone virtually unchecked in an industry that for years has seen itself in a progressive light.

The Weinstein revelations are just “the tip of the iceberg”, comedy actor and director Rob Schneider told TMZ.

“There’s not one actress who doesn’t have a story,” he said, adding that he himself experienced sexual harassment by a male director when he was younger.

Amid the gravity of the situation, the Academy, which has awarded 81 Oscars to Weinstein films produced by Miramax and then the Weinstein Company, announced it would convene a meeting on Saturday to “discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy”.

65-year-old Weinstein has denied all charges, according to a statement from his spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister. Last night she offered “no comment” when asked about reports Weinstein was heading to Europe to enter a rehabilitation facility.

The scandal has rocked Hollywood, with the list of the Oscar-winner’s harassment victims also reportedly now including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rosanna Arquette and French actress Judith Godreche.

But a new angle to allegations emerged when three women, including an Italian film star, claimed that Weinstein raped them.

Cara Delevingne interview Cara Delevingne Source: PA Wire/PA Images

The Weinstein Company board has sacked him, and his wife Georgina Chapman told celebrity magazine People she was leaving Weinstein, with whom she has two children.

‘Everyone knew’

“I am profoundly devastated. I have lost my wife and kids, whom I love more than anything else,” Weinstein told The New York Post, adding that: “I hope one day we can reconcile.”

The bluntest accusation thus far came from Lea Seydoux, an award-winning French film star who wrote a devastating first-person account of her run-ins with Weinstein and others in an industry that essentially turned a blind eye to the abuse.

“That’s the most disgusting thing. Everyone knew what Harvey was up to and no one did anything,” Seydoux wrote in The Guardian.

She said she quickly figured out Weinstein’s motives when they met. “He had a lecherous look. He was using his power to get sex,” she wrote.

He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted.

Some of the worst misconduct allegations emerged in a New Yorker magazine investigation published two days ago, which details charges by Italian actress Asia Argento that Weinstein forced oral sex and intercourse on her 20 years ago.

She told the publication she had maintained her silence until now for fear that Weinstein would “crush” her.

Another instance involved model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, whom the New Yorker said Weinstein met in March 2015.

Bunga bunga

According to the New Yorker, Gutierrez says Weinstein “lunged at her, groping her breasts and attempting to put a hand up her skirt” at a meeting in his offices in Tribeca.

She reported the incident, and the New York Police Department asked her to wear a wire.

In the audio of their conversation which was released by the magazine, Weinstein can be heard apologising for grabbing her breast and then repeatedly pressuring her to come into his hotel room.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance decided at the time not to press charges after it emerged the young woman had attended one of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s infamous ‘bunga bunga’ sex parties.

Amid concerns about potential criminality, Vance appeared before reporters yesterday to justify the decision.

“Our sex crimes prosecutors made a determination that this was not going to be a provable case, and so the decision was made not to go forward,” Vance said.

Obviously he has some serious issues, and the tape is terrible.

The abundance of charges have sent tremors through the Democratic Party, whose heavyweights Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stand accused of having waited too long after the revelations broke to disavow their friend and party donor.

Republicans have launched withering accusations that liberal elites were protecting one of their own, as those in President Donald Trump’s party demanded that Democrats jettison contributions by the movie mogul.

Since 1990, Weinstein and his wife have personally donated more than €1.2 million to various Democratic candidates or groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

With reporting by Cianan Brennan

© – AFP, 2017

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