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Lupita Nyong'o Details Harvey Weinstein's Advances Toward Her in New Op-Ed Piece

Lupita Nyong'o Details Harvey Weinstein's Advances Toward Her in New Op-Ed Piece

Lupita Nyong’o is the latest star in Hollywood to come forward with her experiences with producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Oscar-winning actress has written a lengthy op-ed piece for The New York Times, in which she opens up about how she met Weinstein years before breaking out onto the scene with 12 Years a Slave.

Lupita first met Weinstein at an event in Berlin in 2011 while she was a student at the Yale School of Drama. They exchanged information and he later invited her to his home in Westport, Conn. to watch a screening of a movie produced by a rival company. His family was to be present at the screening. At a private lunch, she says he forced her to order an alcoholic beverage and told her she needed to drink it when she refused.

Lupita says that in her first encounter with Harvey, she found him to be “very direct and authoritative, but also charming,” but in the second she “found him to be pushy and idiosyncratic more than anything.”

Shortly after the screening at Weinstein‘s home started, he escorted her out of the theater.

Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage,” she wrote. “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.”

When Harvey tried to take off his pants, Lupita said she was comfortable and headed for the door and said it was time for her to leave.

Lupita wrote about some more encounters with Harvey, the final one being a dinner they had after she felt it was clear that boundaries were in place.

“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,’” Lupita said. She declined and he told her to leave. When she asked if they were “good,” Harvey replied and said, “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. At an after-party, he found me and evicted whoever was sitting next to me to sit beside me. 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,” she continued.

Lupita says that Harvey tried to work with her after winning the Oscar, but she refused.

“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,” she concluded the piece.

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  • Rogue180

    The list is growing every day.
    What a bastard and predator this sick man is. Hope he gets what it deserves.

  • Nelson

    Scumbag

  • meme

    Weinstein is a pig but why would she let him lead her into the bedroom? these women are stupid to take a meeting in a hotel room

  • Casey C

    i think you mean that she was *uncomfortable*

  • Joher

    I’m astonished at all the women that are finally talking about this awful man but also makes me wonder about those who haven’t

  • persononhere

    and continue to hang out w/him and be friendly afterwards. crazy

  • Wendy

    All these women coming forward after others have makes me think they would have just continued to let it happen if no one had been the first to speak up. I mean, it’s okay as long as he can help your career, now that he can’t, hang him. It’s pretty shitty of all of them.

  • Ram

    jlaw is a great example of someone who spoke out, but completely deflected. of course she knew about his other victims, but she decided early she wouldnt be a victim, and that she could use harvey just the way she thought he was using her. She thought she could be in control if she used him back (in a way, she was totally right). lupita LOST to jlaw for best supporting actress bc of weinstein, and w/the context of this, it makes sense it was a vindictive move. I’ll never look at jlaw the same again. apparently zoe kravitz called her out about it at the womens luncheon the other day, and how jlaw lied about those pics being for her boyfriend and not HW. I have no sympathy for women who look the other way while predators abuse and abuse, only bc its in THEIR best interest (looking at you meryl streep).

  • Ram

    agreed. only after the NYT and the New Yorker did the investigative work did ppl start to speak up.

  • Ram

    I am ready for the others to be exposed. how weinstein fell before bryan singer & dan schneider is BEYOND me.

  • Allure

    hopefully more people will talk now im sure the world is full of sickos like harvey. Out them all!

    ps: JJ needs a proofreader

  • FerCat

    I would be more forgiving if JLaw was actually a spectacular actress. But she’s not. She barely ekes out a B grade when it comes to talent.
    That means better actresses lost out because she cut corners on her way up.

  • I am Evelyn Salt

    I take this story with a grain of salt. I worked at Miramax. I worked down the hall from Harvey and Bob’s office. Harvey had a type. He likes them WASPY, blond, Aryan. Look at his wives. Eve is a daughter of the Mayflower. Georgina is Miss English Rose. FYI, Bob was no saint. That interview he did–crocodile tears.

  • Rhonda Schuck

    we ALL know how J law got her OSCAR, probably how most of them got their roles in the first place.

  • NotTrue

    I have to reluctantly agree, Jennifer Lawrence is a horrible actress and got her “Hollywood walk of fame” cement hand prints the day she banged Harvey. And she did not care. So she best keep her mouth shut with fake anger

  • NotTrue

    Who gives two sh((s about his type being blonde? That has nothing to do with him being a rapist. “Oh no, look out! He’s not raping all women, just a select few!”

    You maam, are an idiot. You do know that, no?

  • NotTrue

    I find it great that you point that out, as most people do not want to admit that many of these accusers are just jumping on the same ship without any real factual history with Weinstein.
    And you pointing out that people like J-Law are just saving face…totally agree.

  • Anna

    Apparently it’s a thing. Going over to their homes and all. On Adam ruins “oscars” he even speaks about the nominees going over to each Academy Award voter’s home to try to woo them over into voting for them. Having private visits at their homes or hotel rooms, or throwing a party for them, it’s apparently a thing. Which is the reason the Oscars and any other nominations is an entire joke since it’s about popularity and charm.

  • Danae

    This explains why her career basically tanked after that Oscar win. Not willing to please Mr. Weinstein, you ain’t gonna get a career in Hollywood.

  • Danae

    J-Law never misses a bandwagon to jump on, I’d rather say

  • abbs88

    so harvey is paying people to comment on these articles i see

  • FerCat

    With the others, their performance was generally acceptable. JLaw’s Silver Lining work was clearly amateurish at best. Much of the work was done for her by good camera work. The diner scene was just dreadful, overacting amateur hour not even fit for Lifetime.

  • Kat

    Jennifer Lawrence probably doesn’t want to talk about it but if it happened to the other I doubt it didn’t happen to her.

  • FerCat

    Without Harvey, she may not even get pass auditions.

  • Kat

    I wonder about Jennifer Lawrence there is NO WAY in hell the perv did not try anything with her. Maybe she is not talking because people always say that she is not that talented and she doesn’t want to open the pandora box.
    This story is sicking, I also think about all the children is this industry getting abused by the pedophiles and people shutting up to keep their career instead of helping each others.
    This is only the tip of the iceberg.

  • Kat

    I wonder about Jennifer Lawrence there is NO WAY in hell the perv did not try anything with her. Maybe she is not talking because people always say that she is not that talented and she doesn’t want to open the pandora box.
    This story is sicking, I also think about all the children is this industry getting abused by the pedophiles and people shutting up to keep their career instead of helping each others.
    This is only the tip of the iceberg.

  • Kat

    That was an idiotic comments, he assaults women Lupita is a woman therefore she is type. Sure maybe he likes blondes on his arm but do you know whatever goes to his head (sick head may I had) ?
    Its like back in the slavery days the slave owners hated their slaves but still they would rape them. Do you get it now ?

  • alex

    PIG,PIG,PIG!(AND i SAY SORRY FOR THE PIG!…..!!!!!)

  • CLINIQUA

    Just an FYI: Lupita won the Oscar

  • Vanity

    Ok so, you still chose not to work with him & yet you never came forward. another complicit actor.

  • Phil the Donahue

    Renee Zellwegger got the part in Chicago while Charlize Theron wanted it and had a dance background.

  • Phil the Donahue

    huh? She’s pretty young. Who the hell would want that gross walrus anywhere near them. She was manipulated and probably molested by her father or older brother in Kentucky setting herselff up for more abuse as an adult. Think past your first thought. #duh

  • Phil the Donahue

    Meaning, Harvey preyed on women and decided not to cast talented ones simply because they wouldn’t give a low job. Pretty sure you are victim blaming pretty sure that the skin tag fat boy shouldn’t have done this to begin with. Give me a break.

  • Phil the Donahue

    Um, maybe fat boy shouldn’t have done this to the woman, how about that? You are victim blaming.

  • Phil the Donahue

    the word you are looking for is past.

  • Phil the Donahue

    meaning the fat boy went after them. How about fat walkrus boy not do that in the first place. You are victim blaming…man you people are trully stupid.

  • Phil the Donahue

    Did you ever think that maybe, just maybe since the fat boy is a violent pervert they were actually scared he would kill them if they told? Give me a break and I know you don’t think.

  • Phil the Donahue

    Why are all of you so jealous of Jennifer Lawrence? It’s really pathetic. Who cares. It’s harvey you should be pissed at.

  • Phil the Donahue

    Cory Haim killed himself for getting butt raped. But I guess it’s Cory’s fault by the way you people think

  • Phil the Donahue

    Um, you are racist. You don’t think he doesn’t give a flying f if the hole is black or white? Give me a break. Nice that you knew and did nothing about it. Cheers for you.

  • Phil the Donahue

    It’s normal, unfortunately, for Hollywood to invite you to their homes for reads, scripts, or viewings simply because a. they are famous and don’t go out in public that much and b. it gives them power. I had to go read at a famous guy’s place way the hell far into the silver lake-Glendale,Los Feliz woods somewhere near pasadena. I don’t even know where the dude lived it was so far. It was really annoying to drive there and I think he was just being really annoying on purpose. Luckily his wife was there but she was nervous and weird the entire time.

  • 777

    Lupita beat JLaw for best supporting actress, get your facts straight.

  • 777

    You mean the girl that was already an Oscar nominee and had contracts to do both X-Men and The Hunger Games before working with HW?
    It’s easy to hate on her, because she makes it, but don’t be blind.

  • 777

    I don’t get why you people keep talking about JLaw when she only worked with him once. There are so many actresses out there who knew about it and continued working with him, why aren’t you talking about them?

  • Lili

    Maybe you can’t read because I never blamed the children but the adults who know whats going on and shut up about it.
    Dont judge me according to your standards.

  • Wendy

    lol you know I don’t think? What does that even mean? You know a random person on the internet doesn’t think? God forbid I point out that all these actresses continued to work with him afterwards….if they were SO appalled and scared of him, why keep working with him?

  • FerCat

    Don’t be ignorant. It’s part of the system to introduce newbies backed by powerful execs, they’re all connected. There’s a pattern, if you can’t see it that’s your problem.

  • 777

    I think she’s a good actress. The greatest? No. But she’s not a hack. And I’m not ignorant, I just think you people are looking for reason to hate everyone. The girl’s break came long before she ever met Harvey, and the fact no one thinks it’s weird she never worked with him again is ridiculous.