Lupita Nyong’o is the latest A-list celebrity to come forward with sexual harassment accusations against major movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
The actress spoke up about her encounter with Weinstein via an essay in The New York Times Thursday.
“I have been following he news and reading thea accounts of women coming forward to talk about being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein and others,” she wrote. “I have shelved my experiences with Harvey far in the recesses of my mind, joining the conspiracy of silence that has allowed this predator to prowl for so many years. I had felt very much alone when these things happened, and I blamed myself for a lot of it, quite like many of the other women who have shared their stories.”
She said now that his secrets have surfaced, she feels okay with speaking about it as well. She explained how she first met Weinstein back in 2011 at an awards ceremony. At the time she was enrolled at the Yale School of Drama but met Weinstein as someone described him as “the most powerful producer in Hollywood.”
Shortly after that Weinstein asked the actress to come to his home to watch a screening for a film. He said his family would be there as well. They went to lunch first where Weinstein insisted Nyong’o to drink alcohol. When she refused, she said she thought it was nothing more than him being “pushy.”
They then went to his home to watch the film. There, Weinstein told Nyong’o he wanted to show her something in his bedroom. Once there, he offered her 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 said Weinstein insisted to get undressed. That’s when she high tailed it for the door and left.
But that wasn’t the last of her encounters with him.
Read the full essay here.
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