Lupita Nyong'o Comes Forward About Weinstein; Puerto Rico Governor Visits Trump

Angelica Greene
October 22, 2017

"I don't know about your career, but you'll be fine", he said.

Soon after, Weinstein reportedly flew to Arizona to check into a sex-addiction rehabilitation center.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has responded to accusations of sexual harassment made by Lupita Nyong'o saying he "has a different recollection of the events" that came to light in a op-ed piece penned by the Academy Award-winning actor. Through them all, Weinstein - or at least his representatives - mostly stayed quiet.

The full story, which details employees' reactions to the Weinstein allegations and what they knew, can be read here.

With all of the women who have come forward, she now knows what she didn't then: Her experience wasn't isolated. At the time, Nyong'o didn't catch the signals finding Harvey to be, according to her, "pushy" and "idiosyncratic".

"Harvey led me into a bedroom - his bedroom - and announced that he wanted to give me a massage", Nyong'o recounts. I thought he was joking at first. " After the screening, we would have drinks in TriBeCa", wrote Nyong'o. She said that she was not assaulted, but she had steered clear of Weinstein since the moment she met him after he made derogatory comments about her pregnancy.

"I did not know that things could change", Nyong'o added. It culminated in a meal in NY in which Weinstein propositioned her - and then, when she turned him down, hinted that her acting career would suffer, she wrote. "I was part of a growing community of women who were secretly dealing with harassment by Harvey Weinstein" Nyong'o wrote. "It felt like both a threat and a reassurance at the same time; of what, I couldn't be sure".

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"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 weird circumstance".

The "12 Years a Slave" actress was still at Yale School of Drama when she and Weinstein crossed paths at a 2011 awards ceremony in Berlin, where he was introduced to the then-aspiring actress as "the most powerful producer in Hollywood". "In these emergencies, things might have the appearance that they are stabilizing at one point, but you always have future problems that can arise such as public health emergencies and otherwise", he told reporters before meeting with the president. News in a statement. Fifteen minutes into the film, Weinstein said he wanted to show her something.

The second sentence of the statement has drawn outrage from people who accused Weinstein of victim-blaming.

The next Tuesday, as Ronan Farrow's The New Yorker story on Weinstein was published, the remaining Weinstein Company staff gathered in a conference room with soul-food takeout from Bubby's. After a dispute over lunch where she refused to drink alcohol - during which Weinstein became increasingly agitated - they went back to his house.

Harvey Weinstein "bullied his way" in the Los Angeles hotel room of an Italian actress in 2013 and allegedly sexually assaulted and raped her, the woman's attorney said.

"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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