In Summary
  • Dozens of women in the entertainment industry have come forward to claim they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Mr Weinstein, allegations he has denied.
  • The Los Angeles Police department announced via Twitter on Thursday that it has opened an investigation into the movie producer over a suspected rape.

Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o has become the latest woman to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, giving an account of how the film mogul offered to exchange sex for help with her career.

In an op-ed in the New York Times, the 34-year-old, who won an Oscar for her performance in '12 Years a Slave', detailed several explicit passes Mr Weinstein tried to foist on her when she was a student actor at Yale School of Drama. 

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Lupita said she met the powerful movie producer in 2011 at a movie festival and he invited her to his home to allegedly watch a film he had just produced.

Fifteen minutes into the film, Mr Weinstein, with his young children at home at the time, allegedly lured her to another part of the house.

“Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage,” Lupita wrote. 

Lupita Nyong'o, Dorothy Nyong'o, Anyang' Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o with her parents Dorothy and Anyang' Nyong'o during a past event at Ratta Secondary School.

“I thought he was joking at first,” Lupita wrote. “He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe. I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: I would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times.”

She added: “I began to massage his back to buy myself time to figure out how to extricate myself from this undesirable situation.”

Before long, she wrote, he said he wanted to take off his trouser. “I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable.” 

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