In a lengthy Op-Ed for The New York Times, the Oscar winning actress adds her voice to a growing chorus of women in Hollywood and details years of uncomfortable encounters with the now-disgraced producer. "But now we know that behind closed doors those are the same traits that made him a monster". This time she met him for drinks and dinner, expecting to be joined by a group of others.
After the lunch, they arrived to screen the movie. It was the most demeaning thing ever done to me by far. Weinstein invited the actress to his CT house to watch a film with his family.
She reportedly attempted to stop Weinstein by showing him pictures of her children, but he didn't leave the room for another 45 minutes.
At his home later that day, Weinstein led her into his bedroom and said he wanted to give Nyong'o a massage, she wrote.
Men in Hollywood "allowed it to exist because that's the way it was", he said.
While she was reportedly afraid to go to the police, the woman did tell a priest, a friend and a nanny about what happened at the time, according to the L.A. Before she stepped in the cab, Nyong'o said to him, "I just want to know that we are good". He called her stubborn, according to Nyong'o. "I was after all on his premises, and the members of his household, the potential witnesses, were all (strategically, it seems to me now) in a soundproof room".
"He was definitely a bully, but he could be really charming, which was disarming and confusing", Nyong'o wrote.
Soon afterwards, however, he singled her out for a hotel dinner meeting in NY in 2013.
The attorney says the actress has had no interaction with Weinstein since then. Wanting to maintain control, Nyong'o offered to massage him instead.
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When Weinstein asked her why, she said, "Because I don't like vodka, and I don't like diet soda, and I don't like them together". "He was ashamed of his actions and he promised to respect me moving forward".
"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".
Her final encounter with Weinstein came after her 2014 Academy Award win. "He was not", she wrote.
When he finally accepted her decision to decline the role, he said he still wanted to work with her in the future.
'We wholeheartedly support those fearless enough to come forward and speak out. (She reportedly had video evidence that she gave to the police as well.) An anonymous former Miramax employee using the pseudonym Sarah Smith told the Daily Mail she was raped by Weinstein in the basement apartment below Miramax's offices in southwest London. "I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence".
He couldn't make it to see a production she was in, but invited her to bring anyone she wanted to see a staged reading of "Finding Neverland", one of his.
Weinstein has been accused of sexually assaulting or harassing over 30 women in recent weeks, with the abuse spanning decades.
Actress/singer Jill Scott, whose HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, was produced by the Weinstein Company, recalled her first run-in with the mega-producer on Twitter Friday.
Quentin Tarantino, meanwhile, publicly admitted yesterday (October 19) that he's known about the allegations against his frequent collaborator for years.