Cara Delevingne Recalls Unfavorable First Encounter with Harvey Weinstein

Throughout the years, Cara Delevingne has been a powerhouse who many of us have watched go from a high-fashion model to a well-versed actress.

Although many can agree that Delevinge definitely has a knack for acting, her rise in the film industry didn’t come easy.

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In a new interview, the model opened up about her early days as an actress and how identifying as queer had an heavily impact on her career.

Delevingne has long resisted to label herself

For the past few years, Cara Delevingne has been stepping out of her modeling mold to test out the waters of the film industry.

The model has since landed quite a few movie roles and is proving that she has what it takes to be a famous actress in Hollywood.

Though Delevingne is talented and has been extremely successful in the film industry, there were a few people who didn’t think she’d make it this far due to her being a sexually fluid woman in Hollywood.

Over the years, Delevingne has experienced people having a lot to say about her sexuality and would pressure her to define herself more clearly.

“I’ve been to so many dinners where people are like, ‘So, what are you? L, G, B, T, Q?’ I’m like, ‘Guys, really? This is what we’re talking about?’ I change every day,” Delevinge shared during her recent interview with Net-a-Porter.

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Although the model has never tried to hide her sexuality, there was a time when her fluidity had an impact on her acting career, which soon led her to have an extremely uncomfortable encounter with Harvey Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein once told her she wouldn’t make it in Hollywood

During her interview, Delevingne spoke candidly about her first meetings with Weinstein, who made demeaning and homophobic remarks about her sexuality from the beginning.

“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,'” Delevingne recalls.

Delevingne then shared that when she began auditioning for roles that involved Weinstein, the Hollywood producer would play off of her sexuality and ask her very inappropriate questions.

“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,” she told the outlet.

The model then went on to add that Weinstein’s inappropriate comments came before he “tried to touch me.”

In October 2017, the model came forward with the allegations that Weinstein “made sexual advances towards her and tried to get her to kiss another actress in front of him.”

Delevingne wrote in a lengthy Instagram that a year or two after the famed Hollywood producer’s vulgar comments, she attended a meeting with him and a director in a hotel lobby to discuss an upcoming film.

After the director left, Weinstein asked her to stay and made comments about his sex life and “about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature,” she claimed.

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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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In addition to the model, Weinstein has since been accused of sexual harassment by more than 80 women and is scheduled to go to trial in January 2020, where he’ll face two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act, and two counts of rape.