Lupita Nyong'o Says Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassed Her Multiple Times

Lupita Nyong'o Says Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassed Her Multiple Times

A full two weeks after the Harvey Weinstein sexual-harassment scandal broke, celebrities like Oscar victor Lupita Nyong'o are still coming forward with stories of mistreatment, and longtime collaborators such as Quentin Tarantino are expressing remorse for not having done more to stop him.

As NPR's Mandalit Del Barco reports, "A spokesman for the LAPD says the department is interviewing a "potential victim" of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein in 2013". Dinner followed, with her friends relegated to a non-Harvey table. He ordered a vodka and a diet soda and after ordering a juice, he was adamant that she would drink the same. After meeting his staff and children at his Westport home, Weinstein and Nyong'o made it about 15 minutes through the film before coaxed her out of the room with something had to show her. She refused, instead giving the mogul a massage and leaving when he said he wanted to take off his trousers, Nyong'o wrote. "He was one of the first people I met in the industry, and he told me, 'This is the way it is.' And wherever I looked, everyone seemed to be bracing themselves and dealing with him, unchallenged".

Ms. Nyong'o details numerous instances in which Mr. Weinstein made her feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

Years went by, Nyong'o won an Oscar for Twelve Years A Slave, and Weinstein reportedly apologized for his behavior, hoping to have her appear in one of his upcoming films (she didn't).

Hollywood celebrities and A-listers - including actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow - have spoken out against Weinstein.

Then, she said, "He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do. Before appetizers had even arrived, Harvey said: "'Let's cut to the chase.

The BFI said in a statement Thursday that "the serious and widespread allegations about Harvey Weinstein's appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the BFI's values".

Academy Award victor Lupita Nyong'o shared a harrowing series of encounters with Harvey Weinstein before she was famous, where she says the mogul told her she'd be successful in Hollywood if she slept with him. "I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.' I was stunned", Nyong'o wrote.

"His response, according to the actress: "'I don't know about your career, but you'll be fine, ' he said. It was the most demeaning thing ever done to me by far. "I found him to be pushy and idiosyncratic more than anything", she writes. "I did not know that anybody wanted things to change".

"I agreed with an easy laugh, trying to get myself out of the situation safely", she writes. (She reportedly had video evidence that she gave to the police as well.) An anonymous former Miramax employee using the pseudonym Sarah Smith told the Daily Mail she was raped by Weinstein in the basement apartment below Miramax's offices in southwest London.

Nyong'o later vowed to herself to never work with Weinstein. "You have no idea what you are passing up", he said.

When he finally accepted her decision to decline the role, he said he still wanted to work with her in the future.

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

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