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The organisation behind the Oscars is going to hold an emergency meeting to decide what action to take against Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein is facing a string of sexual assault and harassment claims – allegations the Academy has labelled as “repugnant.”

Cara Delevingne is the latest star to come forward, saying the film producer pressured her to return to his hotel room and attempted to kiss her.

She said he warned her that is she was gay, she would never make it in Hollywood.

 

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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Meanwhile, prosecutors have defended their decision not to press charges against the producer after an Italian model claimed he groped her.

In March 2015, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez told police that Weinstein invited to her to his New York City office and touched her inappropriately.

Detectives then launched a sting operation and asked Ms Gutierrez, 22, to agree to meet the producer while wearing a hidden microphone.

In a recording published by The New Yorker, Weinstein can be heard trying to persuade the model to enter his hotel room.

Gutierrez is heard telling Weinstein clearly she is "not comfortable" with the situation as he tells her repeatedly to come and sit next to him and to go to the bathroom after saying he is going to have a shower.

Lack of evidence

Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance has said he was "sickened" by the audio, but added he felt it was not enough to secure a conviction.

"At the end of the day we operate in a courtroom of law not the court of public opinion,” He said.

"Our sex crime prosecutors made a determination that this was not going to be a provable case, and so the decision was made not to go forward.

"Obviously he has some serious issues, and the tape is terrible."

Mr Vance added that the Hollywood mogul's status had nothing to do with his decision.

"If we had a case that we felt we could prosecute and my experts felt we could prosecute against Harvey Weinstein, we would have,” he said.

"We take on many, many, many difficult sex crime prosecutions with individuals irrespective of their background or their money so that's not an issue for us."

NYPD criticism

In a statement, New York City Police Department criticised Mr Vance, saying the audio recording "was just one aspect of the case" against Weinstein.

It added: "The detectives used well established investigative techniques.

"The recorded conversation with the subject corroborates the acts that were the basis for the victim's complaint to the police a day earlier."

Weinstein has been left by his wife, British fashion designer Georgina Chapman, amid claims he raped three women.

String of accusations

Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and a string of other Hollywood stars have accused the producer of making unwanted advances towards them.

The producer continues to "unequivocally deny" allegations of non-consensual sex against him and of illegal sexual harassment.

On Wednesday, police were called to his daughter's Los Angeles home amid reports Weinstein was seen in the middle of the road outside.

Los Angeles Police Department said its officers responded to calls of a "disturbance" but left after "it was revealed there was no crime and it was a family dispute."


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