On Tuesday, Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk shared a detailed account of alleged sexual harassment on her Facebook.
In the post, the singer outlined several instances where she was sexually harassed by Danish film director Lars Von Trier while working on his film Dancer in the Dark. After repeated requests to stop, Björk claims Von Trier grew angry and threatened to enter her hotel room in the middle of the night.
“While filming in Sweden, he threatened to climb from his room’s balcony over to mine in the middle of the night with a clear sexual intention, while his wife was in the room next door,” Björk said.
The singer said she was inspired to speak out after the flood of allegations came out against US producer Harvey Weinstein. She also likened Von Trier to Weinstein, saying the director used similar “bullying” methods by fabricating stories about her to the press.
“(Von Trier) fabricated stories in the press about me being difficult by his producer,” the singer said. “I didn’t comply or agree on being sexually harassed. That was then portrayed as me being difficult. If being difficult is standing up to being treated like that, I’ll own it.
However, in a recent report by The Guardian, Von Trier denied all of Björk’s allegations, saying — “That was not the case. But that we were definitely not friends, that’s a fact.”
Dancer in the Dark producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen even went as far as saying he and Von Trier were the victims in the situation, not Björk.
“As far as I remember we were the victims. That woman was stronger than both Lars von Trier and me and our company put together. She dictated everything and was about to close a movie of 100m kroner [$16m],” he said.
While the situation is still unfolding, it is clear that sexual harassment is an issue that impacts so many. If you have experienced any form of sexual harassment and are unsure what steps you should take, you can read our article on sexual harassment here.