The Oscar-winning actress Lupita nyong’o has accused the film mogul Harvey Weinstein of harassment.
She spoke in an article in the New York Times, saying he was lured to her room under false pretences.
And then he said that he wanted to give her a massage, she claimed, saying that initially thought he was joking.
Weinstein faces allegations of sexual misconduct and assault by dozens of women. He is “unequivocally” denied having “non-consensual sex”.
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Nyong’o, who won the best actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, was a drama student at the time of the alleged incident.
She said she had been invited to his house, in Connecticut, apparently to see a movie, shortly after their first meeting in 2011.
He then insisted that she leave the screening room with him, she claimed. “I tried to risk”
Nyong’o, 34, has written: “Harvey brought me into a bedroom – bedroom – and announced that he wanted to give me a massage.
“I thought he was joking. He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt safe.
“I panicked a bit, thinking quickly in order to offer to give him one instead: let me be in physical control, to know exactly where his hands were at all times.”
She said she was trying to keep an appearance of professionalism” in “bizarre” circumstances, as she had studied the body and massage, while at the university of Yale.
She added that she was trying to “buy time”, to “figure out how to escape by herself from the situation.
“He said he wanted to remove his pants,” nyong’o continued. “I told him not to do so, and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable.
“You got up anyway to do so, and headed towards the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that.”
He said on another occasion, attended a screening of the Weinstein and expected that there is a group of people for dinner.
But she said that it was only herself and Weinstein, who suggested they continue their meal in a private room. ‘Threat and reassurance’
She refused and said that when he asked Harvey if they were “good”, he would have said: “I don’t know about your career, but you’ll be fine.”
“I felt like a threat and a reassurance at the same time,” he wrote.
When she met Weinstein again at the premiere of 12 Years a Slave, Weinstein said she had treated her badly in the past and was “ashamed of his actions,” he continued.
She said that she thanked him, but he has promised to never work with the manufacturer.
Nyong’o wrote: “I agree with all of this now, because now I know that I did not know then. I am part of a growing community of women who were secretly dealing with harassment on the part of Harvey Weinstein.
“It is clear that the power in numbers. I thank the women who have spoken and has given me the strength to revisit this unhappy moment in my past.” Employees want to ‘talk openly’
Police in London, Los Angeles and New York are currently investigating Weinstein, 65.
In the meantime, a group of Weinstein Company, the employees have written an open letter, asking their employer to release them from the NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) that allow themselves to speak publicly of what they had experienced and witnessed.
“We urge the company has left us and NDAs right now… so we can talk openly, and get to the origins of what has happened here, and how,” they wrote in a letter signed by “Select Members of The Weinstein Company and Staff.”
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