Susan Sarandon praises Cara Delevingne for her ‘bravery'
Hollywood star Susan Sarandon has praised Cara Delevingne for speaking out against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Delevingne claimed Weinstein made advances to her in a hotel room and asked her to kiss another woman in the room.
Following her Instagram posts, Delevingne posted photographs of women she admires in the film industry in support of the United Nations Girl Up campaign.
Sarandon, named as one of the model and actress’s heroes, said: “I’m a huge fan of your spirit, talent and potential and now your bravery for speaking out.
“Next time anything bad happens, I got your back.”
Actress Reese Witherspoon, who was also named as one of Delevingne’s heroes, wrote: “Love you, my fellow warrior.”
On Wednesday night Delevingne posted two lengthy Instagram posts about her alleged encounter with film executive Weinstein. In the first she said she burst into song out of nervousness.
She said she was given the role in the film she wanted but “always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened”.
She continued: “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.”
A second post contained the quote “The devil whispered in my ear, ‘you’re not strong enough to withstand the storm’. Today I whispered in the devils ear, ‘I am the storm'”.
She added: “I want women and girls to know that being harassed or abused or raped is NEVER their fault and not talking about it will always cause more damage than speaking the truth.
“I am relieved to be able to share this. I actually feel better and I’m proud of the women who are brave enough to speak.
“This isn’t easy but there are strength in our numbers.
“As I said, this is only the beginning. In every industry and especially in Hollywood, men abuse their power using fear and get away with it. This must stop.
“The more we talk about it, the less power we give them.
“I urge you all to talk and to the people who defend these men, you are part of the problem.”