Lupita Nyong’o is joining the long list of high-profile women (Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, Minka Kelly and countless others) coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct from Harvey Weinstein.
“I have been following the news and reading the accounts of women coming forward to talk about being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein and others. I had shelved my experience with Harvey far in the recesses of my mind, joining in the conspiracy of silence that has allowed this predator to prowl for so many years,” the Oscar winner wrote in a piece for the New York Times. “I had felt very much alone when these things happened, and I had blamed myself for a lot of it, quite like many of the other women who have shared their stories.”
“We got up, having not eaten anything, and he led me out of the restaurant. My heart was beating very fast. A cab was hailed for me,” Lupita shared. “Before I got in, I needed to make sure that I had not awakened a beast that would go on to ruin my name and destroy my chances in the business even before I got there. ‘I just want to know that we are good,’ I said. ‘I don’t know about your career, but you’ll be fine,’ he said. It felt like both a threat and a reassurance at the same time; of what, I couldn’t be sure.”
“I share all of this now because I know now what I did not know then. I was part of a growing community of women who were secretly dealing with harassment by Harvey Weinstein,” she writes. “But I also did not know that there was a world in which anybody would care about my experience with him.”
She concluded, “Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing. I speak up to make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence.”