ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — In an op-ed in The New York Times, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o recounts multiple instances in which she claims she was inappropriately propositioned by disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
She claims that Weinstein invited her to his home in Westport, Connecticut for a screening while she was a student at the Yale School of Drama. Fifteen minutes into the screening, Nyong’o alleges, Weinstein insisted that she accompany him to his bedroom where he wanted to massage her.
“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 writes. “Before long he 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. He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that.”
Months later, the actress claims, she was invited to a private dinner with Weinstein. “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,’” she claims Weinstein said. “I told him I preferred to eat in the restaurant. He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing. He said he had dated Famous Actress X and Y and look where that had gotten them.”
Nyong’o says after she declined Weinstein told her, “You have no idea what you are passing up.”
“Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing,” she concludes.
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