Update: Björk has elaborated on her earlier allegations. Read the full story HERE.
Original story: Director Lars von Trier has responded to a Facebook post by Björk where she alleged that an unnamed Danish film director sexually harassed her.
The pair worked together on the 2000 film Dancer In The Dark. It is the Icelandic singer’s only film role.
Von Trier said of Bjork’s comments to Danish publication Jyllands-Posten: “That was not the case. But that we were definitely not friends, that’s a fact. On the other hand, she delivered one of the greatest-ever performances in my movies.”
In Bjork’s original post, she said she was inspired to speak out by the recent allegations made against Harvey Weinstein.
She said: “I am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience with a Danish director… it was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actress profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it.
“I became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it. When I turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one.”
The film’s producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen also commented on the allegations, telling Jyllands-Posten:
“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.
Björk’s full Facebook post is below: