Allegations of sexual assault and even rape have not stopped piling up against Harvey Weinstein since the publication of a New York Times investigation last week.
Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Asia Argento and Emma de Caunes have all told of chilling experiences with the Hollywood magnate through social media or in a separate inquiry by the New Yorker. Today, Cara Delevingne and Léa Seydoux have added their disturbing accounts to the list.
Revealing her testimony in The Guardian, star of Blue is the Warmest Colour and Spectre Léa Seydoux describes how Weinstein threw himself at her in a hotel room. As the French actor explains:
"I meet men like Harvey Weinstein all the time [...] And I know all of the ways in which the film industry treats women with contempt."
Seydoux goes on to recount the first time the pair met, claiming that she had immediately figured him out and describing him as "charming, funny, smart – but very domineering."
Like many other women who have spoken out, Weinstein tried to make the actor believe he had a role in mind for her. His assistant organized a meeting and the three met in the lobby of a hotel. She says:
"All throughout the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat. He acted as if he were considering me for a role. But I knew that was bullshit. I knew it, because I could see it in his eyes. He had a lecherous look. He was using his power to get sex."
Soon his assistant left, Weinstein invited Seydoux to his room. Describing the "where he started losing control" Seydoux says:
"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."
She goes on to describe seeing him, on many other occasions, acting inappropriately with other women while "everyone could see what he was doing." Using his power and influence to take advantage of women in the industry, Weinstein apparently "doesn't take no for an answer."
Describing similar experiences with several other directors, Seydoux paints a frightening picture of a terrifyingly misogynistic world in which women "have to fight."
Taking to Instagram with her testimony, Cara Delevingne describes an incident with Harvey Weinstein at the very start of her film career. In a first phone call between the pair, Weinstein reportedly asked her inappropriate questions about women she'd been seen in public with making her feel "very uncomfortable."
The actor and model was then invited to a meeting in the lobby of a hotel with a director to speak of an upcoming film. When the director left, Delevingne was invited up to Weinstein's room. First refusing, she was then convinced by his assistant who told her she should go with the producer.
Once in the room, Delevingne felt reassured by the presence of another woman. But before long, Weinstein had asked her to kiss the other woman, a situation she avoided by singing to make it more "like an audition."
Upon leaving, Weinstein tried to kiss Delevingne but she managed to get out of the room. Describing her feelings of guilt after the incident, she writes:
"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."
Accompanying the message is a photo which reads: "Don't be ashamed of your story it will inspire others."
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.