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Harvey Weinstein Refutes Lupita Nyong'o Claims He Sexually Harassed Her In Labeling The Actress A Liar

October 23. 2017

Lupita Nyong'o

Academy Award winning actress, Lupita Nyong'o, has gone on record stating she too was sexually harassed by disgraced movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of rape and sexual assault by over 50 women. Prior to Nyong'o becoming famous, she met Weinstein in 2011, as a drama student at Yale University. The two met at an awards show in Berlin, Germany. Nyong'o wanting to break into the fiolm industry, though he would be a good person to know.

Weinstein invited her to lunch. She accepted, assuming it would be to cast her in a film. He tried to ply her with hard liquor, but she repeatedly refused. On another occasion, Weinstein invited her to his family home in Connecticut to meet his family. He sent a car for the aspiring actress. She met his family at the property. During a film screening in his home, he took Nyong'o into another room of the house stating he wanted to show her something. Instead he requested a massage. Nyongo complied, stating it is an exercise they did in drama school at Yale. However, when Weinstein started removing his pants during the massage, she fled the room.

Harvey Weinstein

The two met for dinner on another occasion. Weinstein was quite blunt that she would have to have sex with him or her career would go nowhere. When she refused, he rudely got her a cab and stated, "I don’t know about your career, but you’ll be fine." Nyong'o interpreted it as a threat. 2-years later she made an appearance in the movie "12 Years A Slave" for which she won an Oscar. Weinstein was surprised at how quickly she became famous. He tried to cast her in a Weinstein Company film, but she refused due to how he had treated her previously.

Shamed by Nyong'o recently recounting his acts of gross sexual harassment and bullying in the New York Times, Weinstein is calling her a liar. Nyong'o is the only accuser he has specifically responded to in the press. Weinstein's representative stated on his behalf, "Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry. Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show Eclipsed.”

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Lupita Nyong’o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein

By LUPITA NYONG’OOCT. 19, 2017 - I have been following the news and reading the accounts of women coming forward to talk about being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein and others. I had shelved my experience with Harvey far in the recesses of my mind, joining in the conspiracy of silence that has allowed this predator to prowl for so many years. I had felt very much alone when these things happened, and I had blamed myself for a lot of it, quite like many of the other women who have shared their stories.

But now that this is being discussed openly, I have not been able to avoid the memories resurfacing. I have felt sick in the pit of my stomach. I have felt such a flare of rage that the experience I recount below was not a unique incident with me, but rather part of a sinister pattern of behavior.

I met Harvey Weinstein in 2011 at an awards ceremony in Berlin, while I was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. An intermediary introduced him to me as “the most powerful producer in Hollywood.” As an aspiring actress, I was of course eager to meet people in the industry but cautious about strangers, and the intentions of men in general. So I tried to vet this famous producer by asking my dinner-table companions what they knew of him. A woman who was a producer herself cautiously advised me to “keep Harvey in your corner.” She said: “He is a good man to know in the business, but just be careful around him. He can be a bully.” And so I exchanged contacts with him in the hopes that I would be considered for one of his projects. I wanted to keep things professional, so I made a point of referring to him as “Mr. Weinstein.” But he insisted that I call him by his first name. In this first encounter, I found him to be very direct and authoritative, but also charming. He didn’t quite put me at ease, but he didn’t alarm me, either...

Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing. I speak up to make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence.

https://www.nytimes.com

Harvey Weinstein is Calling Lupita Nyong'o A Liar

Published 2 days ago - Her account was the only one he specifically responded to. Previously, Harvey Weinstein issued a long statement in which he referenced Jay-Z lyrics and begged for a “second chance” in the film industry. Soon after, he flew himself to Arizona to check into a sex-addiction rehabilitation center and since, more than 40 women have come out against the disgraced film producer. Each has accused him of very inappropriate behavior, including both verbal and physical sexual harassment.

Perhaps one of the most vivid accounts was Lupita Nyong’o’s. The Oscar-winning actress, in an op-ed for the New York Times, detailed a pattern of predatory behavior from Weinstein when she was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. According to Nyong’o, one day, Weinstein invited her to his residence in Westport, Connecticut to screen a film with his family. Prior to the movie ending he insisted she leave the room with him. “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,” Nyong’o relayed in the piece. “For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe.”...

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