Lupita Nyong’o Details Alleged Harassment by Harvey Weinstein

“Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage,” Nyong’o writes in a New York Times op-ed.

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Amid recent sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is revealing that the film mogul harassed her as well.

Nyong’o, 34, contributed a piece to The New York Times published Thursday extensively detailing her account of instances where she was in the presence of Weinstein. In 2011, not long after Nyong’o first met Weinstein in Berlin, she was invited to his family home in Connecticut to watch a film screening.

Nyong’o, a student at the Yale School of Drama at the time, said that at one point he insisted she leave the screening room with him. His young children were present at the time, she said.

“Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage,” she wrote.

“I thought he was joking at first. He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe.

“I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: it would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times.”

Nyong’o said body-massage techniques were a part of her drama school curriculum training to understand the connection between “body, mind and emotion.” She said she was trying to keep a “semblance of professionalism” in the “bizarre” circumstances.

But Weinstein then said he wanted to take off his pants.

“I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable,” Nyong’o wrote. “He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that. ‘If we’re not going to watch the film, I really should head back to school,’ I said.”

She said she “didn’t quite know how to process the massage incident. I reasoned that it had been inappropriate and uncalled-for, but not overtly sexual.”

Nyong’o later accepted an invitation from Weinstein to a stage reading of one of his new Broadway plays, but this time she brought friends with her and they had dinner with him afterward. She said Weinstein’s demeanor was much different than their encounter at his home.

“I left feeling that perhaps he had learned my boundaries and was going to respect them,” she wrote.

A few months later, Weinstein invited Nyong’o to a film screening, which she attended on her own. She agreed to meet Weinstein for drinks afterward but thought that a group of people would be attending as well.

But it was only Weinstein. Nyong’o said he blatantly told her she needed to comply with his demands because that’s how actresses get ahead.

“Let’s cut to the chase,” she wrote that Weinstein said. “I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.” Nyong’o said he told her that if she wanted to be an actress, she had to be “willing to do this sort of thing.”

She said she “mustered up the courage to politely decline his offer.”

He eventually said, “So we are done here. You can leave.”

Nyong’o said the next time she saw Weinstein was in 2013 at the premiere of “12 Years a Slave,” the film that earned her an Oscar.

“He was ashamed of his actions and he promised to respect me moving forward,” she wrote. “I said thank you and left it at that. But I made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with Harvey Weinstein.”

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Million of women across the world have been sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in an online campaign using the hashtag #MeToo on Twitter and with rolling posts on Facebook.

In the wake of allegations against Weinstein, on Sunday “Charmed” actress Alyssa Milano asked her followers to reply “Me Too” if they had ever been sexually harassed or assaulted. Women around the world continue to use the hashtag #MeToo on social media sharing their experiences.

An earlier #MeToo campaign was first conceived by Tarana Burke.

A number of women have said Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them in incidents dating back to the 1980s. The New York Police Department has said it is investigating a 2004 allegation of sexual assault by Weinstein. He has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

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  • At risk of being falsely accused by Anti- Defamation League Nazis of being anti-Semitic (as if they’re the only Semites in the world), Jewish lawyers are the most lewd and lascivious sexually harassing Black women! One racist Jewish lawyer offered his luxury sports car in an effort to lure me into his good graces. What’s stereotypical about his action is that he ASSumed I would be impressed with his car [if you have a nice CAR, Black women flock to you].

    After I REJECTED this long-nosed midgets luncheons, including his numerous attempts to grant menial workplace “favors” that I REJECTED, this pervert tried to fire me. He even failed at that, but I made him pay dearly before I quit.

    The tactic racist Jewish whores use with Black women is by pretending to be so damned “liberal.” Once again ASSuming the stereotype that all Black women are liberal on social issues from abortion, interracial marriage to welfare. They will quote Martin Luther King, Jr., ASSuming that every Black woman followed his philosophy, but they will NEVER quote Malcolm X or Farrakhan who told the TRUTH about their hypocrisy and complicity in the slave trade.

    They do all that in their vain attempts to seduce and try to BUY Black women with WHINES and roses. These sexually harassing perverts have wives AND children, but they and all other varieties of Whites (including white lesbians) are still like 21st Century plantation slavemasters slithering around the Black female slave cabin. tRump, like Boy George Bush with Condoleeza has his black bed wench in his kitchen cabinet whose name sounds like a cocktail [pun intended].

    • Charity Dell

      ZAZIJAMS–I think the harassment experience is universal for women.
      In your case, racism exacerbated the situation and made it insufferable.
      I was sexually harassed in my first position by an African-American supervisor.
      I was working at a pre-dominantly Black institution, AND I’m African-American.
      My supervisor acted EXACTLY like the lawyer you described. He was married
      to a decent Euro-American woman, and he had two smart, well-behaved
      kids! But you know with these predators, mates are not enough to satisfy
      their deep lust for power. Unlike your Lying Lawyer Lizard, I never got offered
      any “workplace favors.” Like you, I resisted and I remember feeling so angry
      that I once contemplated how I could put him through some glass doors
      we had there. I WISH I had all your legal skills then! (This was back
      in 1983. One time that Primordial Predator even had the gall to suggest that I “bring a picnic
      lunch so we can go somewhere and have a picnic.” I asked him
      point blank would his wife and children be at the picnic. Of course
      he snickered and said no, the “didn’t have to come.” I told him
      that I would NOT be at that picnic.

      That’s just one of the sick stories I can relate of my experience
      with the Primordial Predator.

      He was successful in getting me fired: I fought back with a lawsuit, but never got compensated and lost the
      lawsuit. At that time (1983) there were not the books, resources and help available
      today for workforce harassment victims, and people weren’t talking much about the problem. I’d love to hear
      how you made that jerk “pay dearly before you quit!” Email me at: CelestialChoir@gmail.com.

    • If the Anti-Defamation League accused you of anti-Semitism, it does not appear — from the remainder of your comments — that it would have been “falsely.”

  • So they knew this dude was a serial rapist with unknowns and well known women saying he sexually assaulted and harassed women. Straight down the line proof and everyone knew about it.

    But somehow with Cosby everyone was vocal without any proof. Sounds like double standard to me.

    Someone accused of sexual assault, White people need to be equally angry instead of looking at the color of one’s skin.

    • She has absolutely no reason to lie on or about him; she also is the only woman he chose to make a response about. Weinstein is behaving as if simply dismissing Lupita’s experience with him will somehow vindicate him from the other allegations. Weinstein is a pervert who has finally been publicly exposed!

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