Lupita Nyong'o: Harvey Weinstein Tried to Massage Me in His Bedroom

Lupita Nyong'o.   Michael Buckner  Getty Images

Nyong'o said she had blamed herself and attempted to forget about her experiences but has felt "sick in the pit of my stomach" since dozens of women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault and harassment.

In a compelling op-ed piece for The New York Times, the stunning Oscar-winning actress and activist shared that she met the business mogul in Berlin, Germany in 2011.

Nyong'o writes of an incident that took place after she was invited to a screening of a film at Weinstein's house, where he said they were going to watch one of his competitor's films with his family.

They had had lunch at a restaurant first, and although she ordered juice, Weinstein insisted she had vodka and diet soda, telling the waiter, "Get her what I tell you to get her". Nyong'o says she arrived at Weinstein's home, met his wife and children and Harvey set her up to watch the film in his private screening room. Once in the bedroom, Lupita says Harvey asked if he could give her a massage.

"I thought he was joking at first", Lupita went on.

"Part of our drama school curriculum at Yale included body work, using massage techniques on one another to understand the connection between body, mind and emotion, and so I felt I could rationalize giving him one and keep a semblance of professionalism in spite of the freaky circumstance", she recalled.

After rebuffing his advance, Nyong'o said the dinner promptly ended with food left uneaten, and while she waited for a cab she asked the 65-year-old producer for an assurance that everything was OK. He then proceeded to remove his trousers despite the actress telling him that it made her uncomfortable.

Earlier this week, Buzzfeed reported that Weinstein dropped British-Nigerian actress Sophie Nyong'o from a 1997 film, because he didn't consider her "fuckable".

After the massage incident, Nyong'o writes, "I didn't quite know how to process the massage incident". I did not know that things could change.

Not wanting to make a scene "in front of his kids", Nyong'o says she complied. She was still a student at the Yale School of Drama and she didn't know a thing about him. "He put his shirt on and again mentioned how stubborn I was", she wrote. "If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him".

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

"I reasoned that it had been inappropriate and uncalled- for, but not overtly sexual".

Nyong'o's story is similar to many of Weinstein's accusers. But I also did not know that there was a world in which anybody would care about my experience with him. 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.

Lupita is just the latest in a string of high-profile women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Kate Beckinsale.

"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". He was ashamed of his actions and he promised to respect me moving forward.

"She said Wednesday on Twitter that "what you wear and how you behave does not provide any protection from assault. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence".

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