Ex actress alleges Harvey Weinstein harassed her

Todd Singleton
October 21, 2017

Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment or abuse by more than three dozen women, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

Weinstein's representative Sallie Hofmeister says the Oscar-winner can not address anonymous claims but "unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex".

Long before winning her Oscar in 2014 for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong'o - according to her Times essay - met Weinstein back in 2011 when she was a student at the Yale School of Drama. She was told by a female producer at the time to "keep Harvey in your corner", but be careful around him. Weinstein invited the actress to his CT house to watch a film with his family. Nyong'o ordered juice to drink, but Weinstein insisted on ordering her vodka and diet soda, and continued to pressure her to drink the cocktail, though she refused.

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The invitation to screen a movie with Weinstein and his children at his CT home turned into a restaurant lunch where he tried to bully her into drinking alcohol, she wrote, followed by him cutting short her viewing of the movie after 15 minutes and taking her to his bedroom where he offered to give her a massage. I thought he was joking at first. "For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe". In an attempt to gain control of the situation, she says she offered to give him a massage instead - a recurring practice during body work sessions at drama school, which is how Nyong'o now says she rationalized keeping "a semblance of professionalism in spite of the freakish circumstance". He said she decribed to the LAPD "extremely serious sexual assault and rape" but did not go into the "graphic" details. Before she stepped in the cab, Nyong'o said to him, "I just want to know that we are good".

Before appetisers arrived, she recounted, Weinstein said: "Let's cut to the chase. 'Then I guess we are two ships passing in the night'".

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Nyong'o says that as she tried to figure out how to get out of the situation, Weinstein tried to take off his trousers. It was not. His assistants, she said, had seemed uncomfortable as they set up the logistics with her. "He said he couldn't believe how fast I had gotten to where I was, and that he had treated me so badly in the past". "I had felt very much alone when these things happened, and I had blamed myself for a lot of it".

"He was not", she wrote.

"I did not know that things could change", Nyong'o added. Upon her return to Twitter, Rose McGowan publicly named Weinstein as her rapist for the first time last week.

Nyong'o later vowed to herself to never work with Weinstein.

Priyanka, known in the U.S. for "Quantico", added: "So what if I'm in heels?. He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me".

"You have no idea what you are passing up", he said, Nyong'o recalled.

"Though we may have endured powerlessness at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, by speaking up, speaking out and speaking together, we regain that power", Nyong'o wrote.

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