Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, has joined a growing list of women in accusing American movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. The silver screen star spoke out in a New York Times article this week, saying she was lured to his room under false pretences.
Weinstein faces allegations of sexual misconduct and assault from dozens of women, but he has “unequivocally” denied having “non-consensual sex” with them. Lupita was a drama student at the time of the alleged incident.
She said she had been invited to his family home in Connecticut, apparently to watch a film, shortly after they first met in 2011. Weinstein then insisted that she leave the screening room with him, she claimed.
“I felt unsafe. 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. 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,” she said.
She continued: “Before long, he said he wanted to take off his pants. I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable. He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that.” She vowed to never work with the producer.