With Lupita Nyong’o adding her voice to the chorus, there are officially more than 50 women who have publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment.
In an op-ed for the New York Times, the actress claims to have been harassed by the Hollywood producer when she was a Yale School of Drama student in 2011, two years before her breakout role in 12 Years a Slave.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
Lupita continued, “But now that this is being discussed openly, I have not been able to avoid the memories resurfacing. I have felt sick in the pit of my stomach. I have felt such a flare of rage that the experience I recount below was not a unique incident with me, but rather part of a sinister pattern of behavior.”