Another day, another talented actress has come out to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment — this time around — Lupita Nyong’o is the woman in question.
In a compelling op-ed piece for The New York Times, the stunning Oscar-winning actress and activist shared that she met the business mogul in Berlin, Germany in 2011.
Later, Nyong’o, who was a student at the Yale School of Drama, was invited to Weinstein’s home in Westport, Connecticut to watch a movie.
She flew to Westport and watched the film with his family present.
After the screening of the movie, Weinstein demanded that she drink alcohol and she refused.
He accompanied her out of the theater into his bedroom and told her that he wanted to give her a massage.
The star explained: “Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage. 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.”
She added: “Before the starters arrived, he announced: ‘Let’s cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.’”
Nyong’o said she refused his advance and he told her to get out.
Before leaving Nyong’o asked, “are were good?” Weinstein replied and said, “I don’t know about your career, but you’ll be fine.”
The piece continued: “I did not see Harvey again until September 2013 when I was in Toronto for the premiere of 12 Years a Slave, the first feature film I was in. At an after-party, he found me and evicted whoever was sitting next to me to sit beside me. He said he couldn’t believe how fast I had gotten to where I was, and that he had treated me so badly in the past. He was ashamed of his actions, and he promised to respect me moving forward. I said thank you and left it at that. But I made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with Harvey Weinstein.”
Fans applauded her decision to share her story. Here are a few responses.
One person stated: “Because he is a powerful man with years in Hollywood and she is still coming up and even more so then. Victim blaming is not the answer. Whaaatttt??? Smh. Take him through the ringer like Bill Cosby.”
Another commenter added: “So proud of you for coming forward…Dam!!! THIS man was a menace to Hollywood.”
A third comment read: “Sad but it happens everyday trump has done that to plenty of women..id bet Smart!! She refused to be victimized by this creep. He didn’t even know he was being played. Smart girl..”
More than 30 women have accused Weinstein of rape or assault.