Lupita Nyong'o recounts Weinstein massage encounter

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British police are investigating three new allegations of sexual assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein, all made by the same woman. Upon her return to Twitter, Rose McGowan publicly named Weinstein as her rapist for the first time last week.

Nyong'o's story is similar to many of Weinstein's accusers.

"I sense [that] since we don't see really any men coming forward [in support of women], that we've got a long way to go", said Leeds, who lives in New York City. "He can be a bully". A short time later, he invited her to watch a screening of a film with his family at his home in Westport, Connecticut. There was a dinner without incident - and Harvey turned on the charm - but a while later, she turned up to what she expected to be a group dinner to find an assistant waiting for her, alone.

"I have felt sick in the pit of my stomach", Nyong'o, an Academy Award victor for her role in "12 Years a Slave", wrote in an essay published Thursday in the New York Times. What follows in her account is right out of the Weinstein playbook. In an op-ed for The New York Times published yesterday, Nyong'o says Weinstein asked if he could give her a massage and that she gave him one instead.

"I think we are at a watershed moment, this is a sea change. He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me", she told the Times. He agreed to this and lay on the bed.

She reportedly attempted to stop Weinstein by showing him pictures of her children, but he didn't leave the room for another 45 minutes.

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"You are going to drink that", Nyong'o claims Weinstein said. On one occasion, the producer invited her to a film screening at his house. She agreed, and a driver picked her up.

The victim wished her idenity to be protected. "Before appetizers had even arrived, Harvey said: "'Let's cut to the chase. "I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.' I was stunned", Nyong'o wrote. He sent a auto to pick her up, which took her to meet him for lunch at a restaurant in the nearby town of Westport. He told me not to be so naïve.

When she declined, she recalls Mr. Weinstein telling her that if she wanted to be an actress, then she had to be willing to do that sort of thing. I said thank you and left it at that. Her final encounter was after she won the Academy Award for her role in 12 Years a Slave. She said she flipped the situation around. "He was ashamed of his actions and he promised to respect me moving forward". "What's the difference between the treatment I received then and the treatment I receive now?"

"She said Wednesday on Twitter that "what you wear and how you behave does not provide any protection from assault". In an attempt to gain control of the situation, she says she offered to give him a massage instead - a recurring practice during body work sessions at drama school, which is how Nyong'o now says she rationalized keeping "a semblance of professionalism in spite of the weird circumstance". "But I also did not know that there was a world in which anybody would care about my experience with him". Or this "big boys club' will get together and boycott you".

"I must admit I've found myself saying that after Trump was elected and people would still come up to me and thank me, and I would say 'But it didn't help.' I truly was disappointed that we couldn't make the objections for Trump the person stick". And wherever I looked, everyone seemed to be bracing themselves and dealing with him, unchallenged.

Nyong'o's piece is one in a series of public accusations against Weinstein by female actors, often accompanied by anguished reflection, that collectively offer probably the most revealing glimpse ever of the predation women face in show business.

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