Lupita Nyong’o Says She Was a Victim of Harvey Weinstein's 'Sinister Pattern of Behavior'
The Oscar winner is describing a 2011 encounter with the disgraced film mogul.
Another A-list actress has come forward with a lurid story about Harvey Weinstein.
In an op-ed published by The New York Times, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o writes that she first met the media mogul in Germany in 2011 while she was still a student at Yale.
"Not long after we met in Berlin, Harvey wrote to me inviting me to attend a screening of a film... with his family at his home in Westport, Conn.," the actress wrote.
Nyong'o said Weinstein sent a car to where she was living in New Haven and soon, she and the producer were having lunch together.
As they ordered drinks, Nyong'o wrote that Weinstein was "unimpressed" with her order of juice and insisted she get a vodka and diet soda, as he had.
"The waiter left and returned with a vodka and diet soda for me. He placed it on the table beside my water. I drank the water. Harvey told me that I needed to drink the vodka and diet soda. I informed him that I would not," she writes.
Weinstein eventually resigned to drinking alone and he and Nyong'o eventually made their way to his home, where the family all converged to watch the film.
However, right after the film began, Nyong'o said Weinstein demanded she follow him to his bedroom. "He insisted I go with him, laying down the law as though I too was one of his children," she wrote.
"Harvey... 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," she wrote.
The ploy gave her time to think of how to get out of the situation, Nyong'o said. But before she could, she said Weinstein "said he wanted to take off his pants."
She said she told Weinstein that would have made her "extremely uncomfortable" and informed him she'd be on her way back to school if the film viewing was over.
Nyong'o said her dealings with Weinstein did not end there — she would later refuse several offers to star in his films after her award-winning turn in 12 Years a Slave — but any interactions with him in private ended.
"Wherever I looked, everyone seemed to be bracing themselves and dealing with him, unchallenged," she wrote. "I did not know that things could change. I did not know that anybody wanted things to change. So my survival plan was to avoid Harvey and men like him at all costs, and I did not know that I had allies in this."
Those allies, it appears, came in the form of a wave of Hollywood women who've now accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct that spanned decades. Weinstein has said all encounters were consensual.
The 65-year-old has been fired from the production company he co-founded with his brother Bob. He's also been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
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