Lupita Nyong'o Weinstein Tried Undressing In Front of Me

Carla Harmon
October 20, 2017

Quentin Tarantino has admitted knowing for decades about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, confessing in an interview published Thursday to feeling ashamed that he did not stop working with the mogul.

Lupita Nyongo'o has penned an extraordinary piece for the New York Times detailing multiple experiences of sexual harassment from Harvey Weinstein. "I found him to be pushy and idiosyncratic more than anything", she writes. "I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again".

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 freakish circumstance.

"His response, according to the actress: "'I don't know about your career, but you'll be fine, ' he said. "He was not." Though Nyong'o said she panicked a little, she said she offered to give him a massage so she could maintain physical control. When she arrived at the restaurant Weinstein ordering her a vodka soda and asked her to drink it. She was invited to his home in Westport, Connecticut for a film screening, but beforehand met him for lunch at a restaurant in town. He offered her a movie role, which she turned down.

He took her to his bedroom where her offered to give her a massage.


The woman is staying anonymous due to fear for her three children, but the Times says she is well known in Italy and has appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue and in films.

"For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe", Nyong'o recalled. Then he wanted to take off his trousers, she wrote. Dinner companions told her he was a good man to know in the biz, but someone to be "careful" around because he could be a bully, she wrote.

"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", she writes.

"Our business is complicated because intimacy is part and parcel of our profession; as actors we are paid to do very intimate things in public", Nyong'o wrote. "Though the incident with Harvey had made me uncomfortable, I was able to explain and justify it to myself, and shelve it as an awkward moment". The actress claimed Weinstein once exposed himself to her while she was working on a movie produced by his former production company, Miramax. Before the starters arrived, he announced: "Let's cut to the chase".

She flat out refused.


"I agreed with an easy laugh, trying to get myself out of the situation safely", she writes. He then escorted her to a taxi, offering a thinly veiled threat in parting. However, he allegedly made another untoward pass at her at a subsequent dinner meeting where she alleges he tried to get her to join him in a private room. Upon her return to Twitter, Rose McGowan publicly named Weinstein as her rapist for the first time last week.

Older women are more likely to have reported harassment, but even then the figures are relatively low, with one in five (21%) 50-64 year-olds who have suffered harassment making a report, compared to 76% who have never done so.

According to TMZ.com, LAPD is now launching a criminal investigation into Weinstein - who has denied numerous harassment claims brought against him - after the woman claimed to have been approached by him at the Italia Film, Fashion and Art Festival in February, 2013.

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 freakish circumstance.


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