In October 2017, the model claimed she was subjected to unwanted sexual advances by the disgraced Hollywood producer, who she alleges asked her to kiss another woman in a hotel room before he attempted to kiss Delevingne herself.
Delevingne’s allegation was just one among several from women in the film industry who claimed they had been sexually harassed or assaulted by the producer.
Weinstein has previously denied all allegations of misconduct against him, while his legal team have called many allegations against him “patently false”.
In a new interview with Marie Claire for its September issue, Delevingne recalled the incident involving Weinstein and explained how she didn't realise the extent of what happened until other women started coming forward.
“I was like, Oh my God, that means I was abused?” the Suicide Squad star said.
“I don’t think he’ll ever be able to repay what he’s done.”
The 27-year-old also discussed how she suffered a mental breakdown at the age of 15, some of which she believes was partly brought on by the fact she was unable to open up about her sexual identity.
Delevingne, who now identifies as queer, said she spent years denying her attraction to women because she “didn’t want to feel different, even though from an early age I always felt I didn’t belong".
The model added that she felt unable to discuss the topic with her family, including her two older sisters and older half-brother, as she often took on a care-giving role with her mother, Pandora, who struggled with heroin addiction.
“I was a nurturing child and wanted to make sure everyone was OK. It didn’t feel wrong. But looking back, I’m like, ‘Oh, maybe I shouldn’t have been put in that position’,” Delevingne said.
The series of events culminated in Delevingne experiencing a breakdown, which she said lead her to trying to “smash” her head on a tree and “knock herself out”.
Delevingne said that she found working as a model to be somewhat of an escape.
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he actor, who has modelled for brands including Burberry and Balmain, said she also forged a number of good friendships through her career, including one with the late Chanel creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, who Delevingne described as a “best friend, father, grandfather, fairy godmother, like Peter Pan.”
The fashion designer died at the age of 85 on 19 February, having spent almost 70 years working in the business.
While Delevingne remembers her dear friend fondly, she admits to questioning why he felt the need to keep working to the bitter end.
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“The fashion industry breeds this thing of never being good enough,” Delevingne stated.
“Was he happy? Did he feel proud?”
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Lagerfeld sparked widespread rumours within the fashion industry when he was noticeably absent from the finale of Chanel's Paris Fashion Week show in January this year.
According to the fashion house, the designer was “feeling tired” and asked Virginie Viard to step in for him.