ROB­BIE’S SUP­PORT FOR DELEV­INGNE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - KAR­LIE RUTHERFORD

GOLD COAST ac­tor Mar­got Rob­bie has ex­pressed her full back­ing for Cara Delev­ingne over the Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal fol­low­ing her Sui­cide Squad co-star’s claims the Hol­ly­wood heavy­weight asked her to kiss an­other woman.

The 27-year-old ad­dressed the sex­ual ha­rass­ment is­sue en­gulf­ing Hol­ly­wood on the red car­pet last night even as her up­com­ing pro­ject, a film about the in­fa­mous Man­son Fam­ily mur­ders, was thrown into doubt given We­in­stein’s in­volve­ment as a pro­ducer.

Rob­bie, who is cur­rently in the US do­ing the pub­lic­ity rounds for her flick Goodbye Christo­pher Robin, de­scribed Delev­ingne as “a dear friend”.

“I al­ready knew she was a fierce, brave woman,” she said. “To­day just proved that again. I think the whole sit­u­a­tion is so dis­turb­ing and sad but I think the con­ver­sa­tion sur­round­ing it, hope­fully, good comes out of it.”

Rob­bie was set to play Val­ley of the Dolls ac­tor Sharon Tate, who was eight months preg­nant when she was mur­dered by Charles Man­son Fam­ily cult mem­bers.

Tate was also wife of noted direc­tor Ro­man Polan­ski – a man charged with rape in 1970. How­ever the film’s fu­ture is in se­ri­ous doubt after re­ports sur­faced of We­in­stein’s al­leged decades of abuse and sex­ual ha­rass­ment to­wards women.

THE avalanche of as­sault ac­cu­sa­tions against Har­vey We­in­stein grew yes­ter­day as more women made ex­plo­sive charges against him.

The lat­est al­le­ga­tions por­tray We­in­stein as a ruth­less sex­ual preda­tor who, on at least one oc­ca­sion, sought to en­gage an ac­tress in a three­some with an­other woman.

“He asked us to kiss and she be­gan some sort of ad­vances upon his di­rec­tion,” said ac­tor and model Cara Delev­ingne.

When Delev­ingne got up to hur­riedly leave, she said “he walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips”.

The bluntest ac­cu­sa­tion came from Lea Sey­doux, an award-win­ning French film star, who wrote a first-per­son ac­count of her run-ins with We­in­stein and oth­ers as the in­dus­try turned a blind eye.

“That’s the most dis­gust­ing thing. Ev­ery­one knew what Har­vey was up to and no one did any­thing,” she wrote in the Guardian.

“He had a lech­er­ous look. He was us­ing his power to get sex. He’s big and fat, so I had to be force­ful to re­sist him.

“I left his room, thor­oughly dis­gusted.”

Film fig­ures warned such be­hav­iour had gone vir­tu­ally unchecked. Ac­tor and direc­tor Rob Schneider said the We­in­stein rev­e­la­tions were just “the tip of the ice­berg” .

“There’s not one ac­tress who doesn’t have a story,” he said, adding he was sex­u­ally ha­rassed by a male direc­tor when he was younger.

Po­lice re­port­edly re­sponded yes­ter­day to a call for help at We­in­stein’s home from his daugh­ter, Remy.

Po­lice sources said later a 911 caller had said a per­son at the ad­dress was feel­ing sui­ci­dal but found no prob­lem.

We­in­stein said ear­lier the sex­ual abuse al­le­ga­tions had left him dev­as­tated.

His wife, Ge­orgina Chap­man, 41, said she was leav­ing him after news of the al­le­ga­tions broke.

Pic­ture: ANGELA WEISS/AFP

Mar­got Rob­bie ar­rives at a screen­ing of Goodbye Christo­pher Robin in New York.

Har­vey We­in­stein and daugh­ter Remy Lily We­in­stein.

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