Cara Delevingne has explained why she was reluctant to report her own experience of sexual abuse.
“I felt ashamed of what happened and didn’t want to publicly ruin someone’s life”, the actress wrote on Twitter.
She shared her story under the hashtag WhyIDidntReport.
It initially emerged after US President Donald Trump claimed that victims of sexual abuse should have informed the authorities at the time of the incident.
Because I felt ashamed of what happened and didn’t want to publicly ruin someone’s life, even though they privately ruined mine #WhyIDidntReport
— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) September 27, 2018
His divisive comments come after sexual assault allegations were levelled against Brett Kavanaugh, the President’s pick for a lifetime position on the US Supreme Court. Mr Kavanaugh is alleged to have assaulted several women when he was a teenager.
It’s believed that Delevingne refers to shamed Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, after she claimed he made unwanted advances to her in a hotel room.
“I was so hesitant about speaking out. I didn’t want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong”, she wrote on Instagram at the time.
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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.
“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.”
Charmed actress Alyssa Milano also shared her story under the WhyIDidntReport hashtag.
My latest op ed:
“I was sexually assaulted as a teen. Here’s why I didn’t report.”
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 23, 2018
“The first time it happened, I was 7. I told the first adults I came upon. They said “Oh, he’s a nice old man, that’s not what he meant.” So when I was raped at 15, I only told my diary. When an adult read it, she accused me of having sex with an adult man.”