A new anecdote from Cara Delevingne reveals that, at some point, Harvey Weinstein decided that abusing and harassing countless women wasn’t enough. As of today, that list has grown to include: Kate Beckinsale, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Lea Seydoux, Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino and many others. Harvey also needed to do something homophobic just to cover all the bases.
The Suicide Squad actress wrote on Instagram that Weinstein called her early in her career to ask if she had slept with any of the women she had been seen with in public. He added that she would never have a future in Hollywood if she continued to be open about her relationships with other women.
Delevingne, who will soon appear in Fever Heart with Alexander Skarsgard, was previously in a high-profile relationship with Annie Clark of St. Vincent.
Weinstein also apparently invited Delevingne to his hotel room one night after a meeting and asked her to kiss another woman in the room. She ended up having to block Weinstein from kissing her as she tried to leave.
Ugh. This story isn’t just “ugh”-worthy because of its now-familiar storyline of Weinstein abusing his power. It’s also symptomatic of the continuing trend among Hollywood producers to keep actors in the closet in order to appeal to a wider audience. Newsflash: Y’all are in a position of power to hire queer actors and make them marketable. If you’re worried you might ruffle feathers by hiring out actors, then you’re part of the problem and you don’t actually want to improve queer representation. It’s unlikely that mainstream moviegoers think about an actor’s sexuality when watching them on screen, and if openly queer actors are given more of a platform — whether on the talk show circuits or in the entertainment press — then they have a chance to build bridges with conservative Americans.
Anyway, Delevingne wasn’t the only surprising actor to come forward about sexual harassment in the past couple of days. James Van Der Beek also revealed on Twitter today that he’s had his ass grabbed by “older, powerful men” who cornered him in “inappropriate sexual conversations” when he was younger. He added that he understands “the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews also revealed recently that he has been harassed by older Hollywood men with power and influence. On Tuesday, he wrote on Twitter that a high level Hollywood executive once groped his “privates” while Crew’s wife was nearby. Similar to Van Der Beek, Crews said he hesitated to report the man out of fear of being ostracized in the Hollywood community.
What Crews and Van Der Beek failed to mention, however, is that they were likely worried they’d appear like homophobes if they rebuffed a man’s advances or reported any same-sex contact as harassment. It’s OK, guys! Queer people can be terrible, too! All we want is to be treated equally — and that means being equally called out for our shit!