The criminal cases against Harvey Weinstein

Want to stop the next Weinstein? Speak out about sexual abuse and harassment

A full two weeks after the Harvey Weinstein sexual-harassment scandal broke, celebrities like Oscar victor Lupita Nyong'o are still coming forward with stories of mistreatment, and longtime collaborators such as Quentin Tarantino are expressing remorse for not having done more to stop him.

The increasing number of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has put the harassment of women into the spotlight.

Weinstein's representative has denied the Oscar-winner had non-consensual sex with any woman.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 38-year-old woman, who asked to remain anonymous, met with detectives for more than two hours Thursday morning, describing an alleged assault she says took place in a hotel in 2013. During the meal, he insisted on ordering her a vodka and diet soda, and continued to pressure her to drink it despite her multiple refusals.

"He. bullied his way into my hotel room, saying, 'I'm not going to [have sex with] you, I just want to talk, '" the woman told the newspaper.

At his home later that day, Weinstein led her into his bedroom and said he wanted to give Nyong'o a massage, she wrote. "They don't think, 'I'm going to bother this woman and she's going to have nightmares, '" she said. He was one of the first people I met in the industry, and he told me, 'This is the way it is.'"The dinner encounter was just one of several alleged incidents that Nyong'o outlined". Leeds, 75, said she is skeptical that any changes in the handling and prevention of sexual assault and harassment will occur, likening the public uproar to the call for action when controversial events prompt heated debate about race relations in America.

"Before long he said he wanted to take off his trousers", she wrote. Before the starters arrived, he announced: "Let's cut to the chase. But I made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with Harvey Weinstein". In accordance with the Academy's established procedures, it was overwhelmingly chose to initiate disciplinary proceedings concerning Academy member Harvey Weinstein; such proceedings could result in action up to and including termination of Academy membership.

Nyong'o claims Weinstein then proceeded to say he wanted to take off his trousers, which Nyong'o says she objected to.

When she declined, she recalls Mr. Weinstein telling her that if she wanted to be an actress, then she had to be willing to do that sort of thing. "I didn't know how to proceed without jeopardising my future", she said.

"He told me not to be so naïve", Nyong'o wrote. And now I literally was texting with her, and she said, "Are you mad at me?' And I said, 'Mad at you?" The assault, she said, was in 1992, and she is considering issuing a formal complaint to police.

Jessica Leeds alleged previous year that Trump groped her on an airplane in the late-1970s, which the president has repeatedly denied. The Oscar-winning actress, who was still in college at Yale for many of these encounters, said at the time she did not know how pervasive the problem was.

Nyong'o later vowed to herself to never work with Weinstein.

"Though we may have endured powerlessness at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, by speaking up, speaking out and speaking together, we regain that power", she concludes.

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