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Harvey Weinstein hits back at actress

Harvey Weinstein has refuted sexual harassment claims against at least one accuser. Picture: AFP/Yann Coatsaliou
Harvey Weinstein has refuted sexual harassment claims against at least one accuser. Picture: AFP/Yann Coatsaliou

DISGRACED movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has hit back at actress Lupita Nyong'o who accused him of sexual harassment.

In a searing New York Times opinion piece, Nyong'o wrote about her experiences with Weinstein in a searing New York Times op-ed, saying that after six years of keeping quirt she decided to come out with her story.

Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar in 2014 for her stunning performance in the film, 12 Years A Slave. Picture: AFP/Getty Images/Kevin Winter
Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar in 2014 for her stunning performance in the film, 12 Years A Slave. Picture: AFP/Getty Images/Kevin Winter

The Oscar-winner described going to Weinstein's home and being cajoled into giving him a massage, saying she had to be willing to do that sort of thing if she wanted to be an actress. He then propositioned her and tried to take his pants off while his two young children were in the house.

She also recounted a dinner in New York where Weinstein reportedly invited her up to his hotel room, which she declined.

Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o and Florence Kasumba in a scene from the much-anticipated Black Panther. Picture: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios
Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o and Florence Kasumba in a scene from the much-anticipated Black Panther. Picture: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios

Nyong'o wrote that Weinstein reeled off the number of famous actresses he had slept with, and said she had "no idea" what she was "passing up", before telling her to leave the restaurant.

A spokesman for Weinstein refuted the allegations, saying, "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," the spokesman said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

It comes as the disgraced mogul completed a one-week sex addiction program at an Arizona rehab centre. Despite reports suggesting he would be leaving facility, Weinstein is scheduled to stay on for a further month to undertake more extensive treatment.

A psychologist taking part in his treatment told TMZ that Weinstein was "invested in the program" and had focused on "dealing with his anger, his attitude toward others, boundary work and the beginnings of work on empathy," the psychologist told TMZ with Weinstein's permission.

Harvey Weinstein with Quentin Tarantino. The director said in an interview he felt ashamed for not doing more about the mogul’s sexual misconduct. Picture: AFP/Getty Images/Kevin Winter
Harvey Weinstein with Quentin Tarantino. The director said in an interview he felt ashamed for not doing more about the mogul’s sexual misconduct. Picture: AFP/Getty Images/Kevin Winter

The psychologist downplayed previous reports that the 65-year-old film producer had fallen asleep in group sessions and ranted about conspiracy theories.

"He showed up for all the meetings and was fully engaged," the psychologist said, adding that Weinstein had been pulled from group therapy after an initial session due to confidentiality concerns, and the rest of his sessions had been one-on-one.

Lupita Nyong’o is a rising star in Hollywood. Picture: Robin Marchant/Getty Images
Lupita Nyong’o is a rising star in Hollywood. Picture: Robin Marchant/Getty Images

"He was not venting about some conspiracy to get him. It was an appropriate display of anger," the psychologist said, dismissing previous reports that Weinstein had used group sessions to launch into sanctimonious rants about conspiracies against him.

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