Wednesday 15 August 2018

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o reveals Harvey Weinstein experience: 'He announced he wanted me to give him a massage'

Lupita Nyong'o holds her Academy Award for best supporting actress in 12 Years a Slave, as she arrives to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ
Lupita Nyong'o holds her Academy Award for best supporting actress in 12 Years a Slave, as she arrives to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ
Actress Lupita Nyong'o speaks onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival: For Freedom. For Justice. For All. in Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends The 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Lupita Nyong'o attends the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Lupita Nyong'o leaves from The Mark Hotel for the 2017 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between' Met Gala on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for The Mark Hotel)
Lupita Nyong'o attending the 60th BFI London Film Festival screening of Queen Of Katwe at the Odeon Cinema London.
Lupita Nyong'o.
Lupita Nyong'o
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Lupita Nyong'o wearing Ralph Lauren.
Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 2014 CFDA fashion awards
Los Angeles sheriff's detectives are investigating the theft of the $150,000 custom Calvin Klein dress worn by Nyong'o. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in "12 Years a Slave", speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES TAGS: - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) (OSCARS-SHOW)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives for the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 86th Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

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Lupita Nyong'o has detailed her own shocking experiences with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in a candid op-ed piece for The New York Times.

Since the newspaper first published their expose about Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment and abuse over a three-decade period, numerous women including Cara Delevingne, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have all come forward with their own tales about the mogul.

2. Lupita Nyong'o
2. Lupita Nyong'o

And Lupita is the latest, writing in the newspaper that she met Weinstein in 2011, when she was a student at the Yale School of Drama. After exchanging information, Weinstein invited Lupita to his home to watch a movie, but his family was present at the screening. After the film started, however, Weinstein led Lupita out of the theatre and into 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," Lupita wrote. "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."

Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in
Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in "12 Years a Slave", speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES TAGS: - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) (OSCARS-SHOW)

When Weinstein tried to take off his trousers, Lupita stated that she was uncomfortable and made her way to the door.

On another occasion, Lupita was invited to dinner with Weinstein, when things once again took a turn for the worse.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends The 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends The 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

"Before the starters arrived, he announced: 'Let's cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal,'" she wrote, adding that she declined and he then told her to leave. When she asked him if they were "good", Harvey answered: "I don't know about your career, but you'll be fine."

"I did not see Harvey again until September 2013 when I was in Toronto for the premiere of 12 Years a Slave, the first feature film I was in," Lupita continued. "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. He was ashamed of his actions and he promised to respect me moving forward. I said thank you and left it at that. But I made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with Harvey Weinstein."

After Lupita won her Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, Weinstein tried to work with her again, but she refused.

Lupita Nyong'o leaves from The Mark Hotel for the 2017 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between' Met Gala on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for The Mark Hotel)
Lupita Nyong'o leaves from The Mark Hotel for the 2017 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between' Met Gala on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for The Mark Hotel)

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