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Harvey Weinstein rejects Lupita Nyong'o's sexual harassment claim

Scandal-plagued movie producer Harvey Weinstein refuted Lupita Nyong’o’s claims that he sexually harassed her during an incident at his Connecticut home six years ago.

Weinstein, who issued the denial through a rep, does not address any of the specific accusations Nyong’o made in her recent essay published by The New York Times, but argues that her story does not match up with his memory of that encounter.

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

The Oscar-winning actress, 34, claims Weinstein invited her to his Westport home in 2011 — while she was a student at Yale — for a private movie screening, but brought her up to his bedroom just 15 minutes in.

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He then asked her if he could give her a massage, making her feel “unsafe,” she recalled in her New York Times op-ed, which was published Thursday.

“I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times,” Nyong’o wrote.

Former actress Heather Kerr, accompanied by attorney Gloria Allred, spoke about being sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein during a press conference in Los Angeles on Oct. 20, 2017. Kerr, whose acting credits include "Facts of Life" and "Mama's Family", told reporters that during a meeting in his office, he exposed his genitals to her, grabbed her hand, and forced her to touch him. "He told me this was how things worked in Hollywood and all of the actresses that had made it, had made it this way," Kerr continued. "I felt so powerless," she said. "I didn't think anyone would believe me. I was nobody. Why would they believe me?" She eventually quit acting because of the experience.

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The “12 Years a Slave” actress says Weinstein, 65, began to remove his pants during the massage, even though she asked him not to.

“He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that,” Nyong’o said.

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The actress is one of over 40 women to accuse Weinstein of either sexually harassing or sexually assaulting them. Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd are among the other women who accused Weinstein of making an unwanted sexual advance early in their careers, while Rose McGowan and several others have accused Weinstein of rape.

He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Weinstein resigned from the board of directors of the production studio he co-founded, The Weinstein Company, earlier this week. The board had previously said it was firing him amid the scandal.

Weinstein is currently being investigated by law enforcement authorities in New York, London and Los Angeles. He recently completed a week-long psychological therapy program in Arizona, according to TMZ.

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