by TRN Staff Writers,
In two weeks since the Harvey Weinstein sex allegations have gone public, 60 women have come forward with tales of his lewd and brute behavior of sexual assault and rape.
The latest actress to step forward is Lupita Nyong’o. The Kenyan born star of movies like “12 Years a Slave” and the soon to be released “Black Panther” claims Weinstein tried to undress in front of her in a bedroom.
Nyong’o says she met Weinstein back in 2011 while she was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. The actress says Weinstein invited her to his Connecticut family home for a private movie screening where she met his wife and children before she was escorted to the viewing room. Nyong’o says she was watching the movie in a private screening room for about 15 minutes when Weinstein interrupted and suggested they go to his private bedroom. TMZ says, “Once in the bedroom, Lupita says Harvey asked if he could give her a massage. The actress says she panicked and offered to give the producer one instead, he obliged, removed his shirt and laid down on the bed. Nyong’o claims she fled the producer’s home when he tried to remove his pants.
Nyong’o may have felt fortunate to flee after that encounter, but she claims it wasn’t her last one with Weinstein. The TMZ article says, “The actress says she turned down another advance by Weinstein not long after the massage incident and he threatened her career. It was after she won an Oscar in 2014 that Weinstein approached her once again, begging her to star in one of his films … an offer she declined.”
Nyong’o is the latest victim to come forward with a story of what she calls Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, but now LA investigators are calling some of the cases out and out rape. LA Times reports that as many as six women have accused Weinstein of rape or forcible sex acts. Some of the rape allegations occurred within the last 10 years which means they fall within the statute of limitations. Weinstein is also being investigated by police in New York and London in connection with rape allegations made there.
In an op-ed piece in the NY Times, Nyong’o wrote, “I had shelved my experience with Harvey far in the recesses of my mind, joining in the conspiracy of silence… I had felt very much alone when these things happened, and I had blamed myself or a lot of it…”
Nyong’o said in her op-ed that as more and more women walked into the light from the silence of shadows, she “felt sick in the pit” of her stomach as the memories she avoided for six years began resurfacing.
Her story is heartrendingly familiar as a young woman who only wanted to succeed as an actress and accepted the invitation of a powerful man she thought was going to help her. They think their prayers are answered and that they are going to be the next big thing. Instead they learn that they are the only the next victim.