Oscar-winning actress and star of the upcoming Marvels Black Panther Move Lupita Nyong’o has a Harvey Weinstein story, too. And she’s sharing it in hopes of doing her part to end what she calls in a New York Times op-ed a “conspiracy of silence.”
In her piece, Nyong’o recounts several encounters with Weinstein, whom she met while she was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. Two of their meetings bear resemblance to other accounts from the more than 40 women who have accused Weinstein of inappropriate behavior, ranging from sexual harassment to rape.
Through a spokeswoman, Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Nyong’o writes of an incident that took place after she was invited to a screening of a film at Weinstein’s house, where he said they were going to watch one of his competitor’s films with his family.
Once at his house, Nyong’o alleges Weinstein led her into a bedroom and offered to give her a massage. She declined.
“I thought he was joking at first. He was not,” she wrote. “For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe.”
To get out of the situation, she offered to give him a massage instead.
“It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times,” she wrote.
When Weinstein informed her that he wanted to remove his pants, Nyong’o said it would make her “extremely uncomfortable.” She headed for the door and left.
“I didn’t quite know how to process the massage incident. I reasoned that it had been inappropriate and uncalled-for, but not overtly sexual,” she wrote. “Though the incident with Harvey had made me uncomfortable, I was able to explain and justify it to myself, and shelve it as an awkward moment.”
With her graduation on the horizon and her career possibly on the line, Nyong’o said she “didn’t know how to proceed without jeopardizing my future. But I knew I would not be accepting any more visits to private spaces with Harvey Weinstein.”
Read more of her NY times Article at http://flip.it/9Pkeh0