Björk’s label One Little Indian Records has decided to set the record straight in regards to the physical abuse she received from director Lars Von Trier.
Björk praised the brave women who stepped forward to speak out against the sexual assault and harassment caused by Hollywood boss Harvey Weinstein and took inspiration into sharing her own story. In the Facebook post, Bjork explains how a Von Trier sexually harassed her during filming: “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,” she said.
Von Trier would go on to rubbish the claims in an attempt to avoid the heavy wave of criticism that came his way. Now, Derek Birkett from One Little Indian Records has joined the conversation.
Here’s Birkett’s full statement:
“I have worked with Björk for over 30 years and have never made a single statement or interview regarding our work together. This time is different.
“I have read the lies written by Lars and his producer Peter about Björk – and feel compelled to speak out and put the record straight. Over the last 30 years the Dancer in the Dark project is the one and only time she has fallen out with a collaborator.
“This was a result of the directors ongoing, disrespectful verbal and physical abuse which continued after both Björk and myself demanded that he stop behaving this way. Björk completed the film out of respect for the cast and everyone involved. I feel compelled to publicly speak out in fierce support of Björk in regards to her terrible experiences working with Lars Von Trier, and I back what she has said 110%.
“- Derek Birkett”