Cara Delevingne vertelt de echte reden achter stilhouden #MeToo-verhaal

Het Britse model en actrice komt op voor #MeToo-slachtoffers.

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We zijn bijna een jaar verder nadat de #MeToo-beweging werd opgestart en de aantijgingen tegen Hollywood-producent Harvey Weinstein aan het licht kwamen. Maar Weinstein is niet de enige die recentelijk is aangeklaagd voor seksuele intimidatie. Drie vrouwen waaronder Prof Christine Blasey Ford beschuldigen Brett Kavanaugh, rechter van het hooggerechtshof in de Verenigde Staten, ervan hen seksueel te intimideren in de jaren 80. Ford die gisteren haar emotionele getuigenis gaf krijgt ook de steun van Brits model Cara Delevingne. Zij vertelt nu ook de echte reden waarom ze haar #MeToo-verhaal zolang heeft stil gehouden.

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Vrouwen van over de hele wereld vertelden gisteren op Twitter waarom ze hun seksueel misbruik uitstelden of zelfs helemaal niet rapporteerden. Zo ook Cara Delevingne: 'Omdat ik me schaamde voor wat er is gebeurd en niet iemands leven in het openbaar wilde ruïneren, ook al hebben ze mijn leven wel geruïneerd #WhyIDidntReport'. Vorig jaar gaf Delevingne al aan problemen gehad te hebben met Harvey Weinstein, iets dat hij tot op vandaag ontkent.

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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 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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