“Appaling” and “shocking”. Fashion’s A-listers on the Weinstein scandal

“Behavior like this is appalling and unacceptable,” says Anna Wintour, the artistic director of Condé Nast. Just a week since The New York Times broke the story of allegations of decades of harassment and assault by Hollywood’s power player Harvey Weinstein at least 30 women came forward with their horrifying experiences.

“I feel horrible about what these women have experienced and admire their bravery in coming forward. My heart goes out to them, as well as to Georgina and the children. We all have a role to play in creating safe environments where everyone can be free to work without fear” adds Wintour in NYT’s latest piece “Fashion Breaks Its Silence on Harvey Weinstein Scandal”.

As the scandal raves on and models are naming Harvey Weinstein as a “disturbing” figure in the showbiz Wintour and others speak to NYT on Hollywood’s dirty, sex-fueled and violent game of power, threats and misconducts.

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“What Harvey has done is shocking, indefensible and disturbing on many levels. I knew that Harvey certainly liked beautiful young women. I had no idea of his predatory and abusive behaviour or that he had paid settlements to anyone” says Tom Ford, whose debut film was distributed in North America by Weinstein. “I’ve been struck by it” Steven Kolb, the chief executive of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, said on Tuesday.

Weinstein’s relations to the fashion industry are many. He is married to Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman, he launched a lot of fashion related projects on tv and he has released numerous fashion related production across the cinemas -back in 1994 Weinstein released Robert Altman’s “Prêt-à-Porter”.

“Mr. Weinstein was a key fund-raiser for amfAR, whose gala during the Cannes Film Festival is the most fashion-centric event on the movie festival circuit. Ms. Klum was honoured by the organisation in 2013. LVMH, the French luxury conglomerate, has a 1 percent stake in the Weinstein Company. In 2007, Mr. Weinstein wrote the profile of Mr. Arnault for the Time 100 most influential people list” reports NYT.

A regular at the Met Gala Weinstein appeared in front rows and the world of style condemns his actions. Read the rest of the story here.

One of the many women disturbed by Weinstein’s attitude was Cara Delevingne. This is her account on Instagram:

“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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