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Harvey Weinstein says he has ‘different recollections’ of what happened with Lupita Nyong’o

Harvey Weinstein has praised Lupita Nyong’o and said he has different recollections of what happened between them after she accused him of sexual harassment in a piece in New York Times.

hollywood Updated: Oct 21, 2017 12:46 IST
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The response came a day after the essay appeared in which Nyong’o detailed a series of alleged Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment encounters.(AFP)

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has responded to accusations of sexual harassment made by Lupita Nyong’o saying he “has a different recollection of the events” that came to light in a op-ed piece penned by the Academy Award-winning actor.

The response came a day after the essay appeared in which Nyong’o detailed a series of alleged Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment encounters that included several explicit passes Weinstein tried to foist on her early in her career, reported Entertainment Weekly.

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2014 shows cast and crew of Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave, actor Lupita Nyong'o (C), director Steve McQueen (R), actor and producer Brad Pitt (Rear R), actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (Behind Pitt), actor Angelina Jolie (Rear C), actors John Travolta (C-L), Kevin Spacey (L), Benedict Cumberbatch (Rear L), Michael Fassbender (Front C) and producer Harvey Weinstein (Front L) celebrate the film's win during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. ( AFP )

“Mr Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry. Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show ‘Eclipsed’,” Weinstein’s representative said in a statement.

While a student at the Yale School of Drama, Nyong’o says she was invited to a private screening at Weinstein’s home, where he proceeded to ask to give her a massage. Feeling “unsafe,” she “panicked” and offered to give him one instead, until he attempted to remove his pants. Nyong’o left, but a few months later, the two met again and Weinstein allegedly propositioned her at a restaurant, an offer she declined, which quickly ended the meeting.

Nyong’o did not see him until the premiere of 12 Years A Slave. He apologised for past behaviours. “I said thank you and left it at that. But I made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with Harvey Weinstein.”

Weinstein is being investigated by the LAPD, NYPD and London police over sexual assault claims, as more women have been coming forward with their stories about the Oscar-winning producer now two weeks after exposes in the New York Times and New Yorker. He since has been expelled from the Film Academy and the Producers Guild.

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First Published: Oct 21, 2017 12:46 IST