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Oct172017

Bjork shares detailed account of alleged sexual harassment 

Credit: C Flanigan/WireImageAfter saying she was sexually harassed by a "Danish director" while working on a movie, Bjork has shared a detailed account of her experience on the set.

In a Facebook post, the musician says the unnamed director would wrap his arms around her after each take and "stroked me sometimes for minutes against my wishes." 

"When after 2 months of this I said he had to stop the touching, he exploded and broke a chair in front of everyone on set," Bjork writes. She adds that the director would whisper "sexual offers from him with graphic descriptions, sometimes with his wife standing next to us."

Bjork says that the situation intensified further while filming in Sweden, when the director "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."

While Bjork doesn't reveal the identity of the director, she's only worked with one Danish filmmaker: Lars von Trier, on the 2000 film Dancer in the Dark.  Bjork writes in her post that the unnamed director's producer would leak false stories to the press in order to sully her reputation, including that she ripped up and ate pieces of her wardrobe during filming.

"I have never eaten a shirt," Bjork writes on Facebook, referring the story. "Not sure that is even possible."

"I didn't comply or agree on being sexually harassed. That was then portrayed as me being difficult," Bjork concludes. "If being difficult is standing up to being treated like that, I'll own it."

In response to Bjork's initial allegations, von Trier's assistant told Rolling Stone, "Lars declines the accusations Bjork has made, but doesn't wish to comment any further."

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