DC: The countless allegations against Harvey Weinstein are all disturbing in their own way, but Lupita Nyong’o’s encounter with the disgraced Hollywood executive takes it to another level.
In an op-ed for The New York Times, the “12 Years A Slave Star” wrote about her encounters with Weinstein over the years, including an incident at his home when he made inappropriate advances on her with his children in the next room.
Nyong’o first met Weinstein at an awards ceremony in Berlin, but not long afterwards he invited her to “attend a screening of a film” at his home in Westport, Connecticut. The young actress accepted what she thought was an innocent opportunity to get to know the powerful Hollywood producer. Unfortunately it ended up being another one of Weinstein’s alleged advances on an aspiring actress.
Nyong’o was watching the film in Weinstein’s screening room with his young children when he led her out of the room to show her something. When she resisted, he demanded that she obey.
“Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and 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: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times,” Nyong’o wrote. MORE