We’ve seen the name Harvey Weinstein in the news quite a bit these past few weeks, after several women publicly shared their stories of sexual assault and harassment at his hands. The most recent to add her voice to the choir was actress Lupita Nyong’o. However, Weinstein has since disputed her claims.
On Thursday, The New York Times published a lengthy op-ed penned by Nyong’o, in which she detailed her experiences with the now disgraced producer. Nyong’o wrote that while she was a student at the Yale School of Drama in 2011, Weinstein invited her to his home in Connecticut for a private screening of a film. Things took a disturbing turn when eventually, he asked her to go to a bedroom with him and offered her a massage.
“I thought he was joking at first. He was not,” the actress wrote.
Nyong’o said she quickly attempted to flip the script and insisted on massaging him instead, so she could buy herself more time to find a way out. Weinstein agreed, but soon after tried to take off his pants. At this point, the actress quickly made her way towards the door.
Lupita Nyong’o’s account brings the number of women accusing the producer of sexual assault and harassment to fifty.
But for some reason, Harvey Weinstein has only found the time to dispute Lupita Nyong’o’s claims.