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Lupita Nyong'o On Harvey Weinstein's Reported Sexual Misconduct: "I Felt Uncomfortable In My Silence"

Nyong'o details why she felt compelled to speak her truth on Weinstein's sexual misconduct toward her. 

Lupita Nyong'o took a brave step last fall when she penned an explosive essay in the New York Times, detailing how she underwent abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. But before the paper published the account, she admitted she needed to have a conversation with her mother about the incident first

"I had to talk to her about it because it was something that we hadn't talked about," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "She was really moved and very supportive."

In the essay, the Oscar Award-winning actress revealed that Weinstein invited her to his house for a screening, and proposed to give her a massage. After that, she swiftly left his home citing she felt “unsafe.” At another event in New York City, Nyong'o remembers the Hollywood producer asking her to have sex with him, in exchange for career advancement.

"I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal,” Weinstein said, according to Nyong'o. "Let's cut to the chase.” After the lewd comment, she declined by saying: "With all due respect, I would not be able to sleep at night if I did what you are asking."

After Weinstein was thrown into a media frenzy by fellow A-list Hollywood actresses like Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, she felt compelled to share her story. "I felt uncomfortable in my silence, and I wanted to liberate myself from it and contribute to the discussion," she said. "That was just what I felt I needed to do, quite viscerally. I couldn't sleep. I needed to get it out."

"My father raised us to stand up for what we believe in and to fight for what is right," she continued. "We were always told, 'You need to make a difference in the world.' I live with that insistence all the time."

Amid the allegations, Weinstein released a statement denying Nyong'o's account of the events. "Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry," he said. "Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show Eclipsed."

Still, the 34-year-old actress stands firm in wanting to do more for women’s rights and shedding light on Hollywood’s recent "Time’s Up" campaign

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Halle Berry Is #TeamZoeKravitz As Catwoman For Upcoming 'Batman' Film

Earlier this month, it was announced that actress/musician Zoe Kravitz would step into the sleuthing role of Catwoman for Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Joining in on the chorus of people that are elated to see Kravitz in this role is fellow Catwoman Halle Berry.

The Oscar Award-winning actress took to Twitter to congratulate Kravitz on her new job, writing “Keep shining queen and welcome to the family!” Kravitz will star opposite Twilight’s Robert Pattinson who’ll play the Dark Knight.

Special shout-out to your new #CatWoman, the eternally graceful & extremely bad ass @ZoeKravitz. Keep shining Queen & welcome to the family! ♥️✨ pic.twitter.com/9YJ2EekcNG

— Halle Berry (@halleberry) October 17, 2019

In 2004, Berry starred as Catwoman in the film of the same name. Directed by Pitof, the movie also starred Alex Borstein, Benjamin Bratt, Frances Conroy, and Sharon Stone. Although the movie wasn't a box office success, Berry said it opened up a world of opportunities in Hollywood.

"Everybody around me said, 'Girl, don't do it. It's going to be the death of you. It's going to end your career.' But guess what I did? I followed my intuition and I did a movie called Catwoman and it bombed miserably," Berry said at 2004's Matrix Awards, per Glamour. "While it failed to most people, it wasn't a failure for me because I met so many interesting people that I wouldn't have met otherwise, I learned two forms of martial arts and I learned not what to do."

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Issa Rae Launches Her Own Record Label

Issa Rae has a lot of projects in the works, and she’s making room for another big venture. On Thursday (Oct. 18), the Insecure star announced the launch of her new record label, Raedio, along with introducing the world to TeaMarr, the imprint’s first artist.

“Beyond excited to present the first amazingly talented artist from my new label RAEDIO,” the Emmy winner captioned a clip of TeaMarrr’s music video where she makes a cameo.

 

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Beyond excited to present the first amazingly talented artist from my new label RAEDIO, TeaMarrr (@imaliltcup)! Check out her song and video, "Kinda Love" on all streaming platforms now! (@theraedio)

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The record label is a partnership with Atlantic Records, according to Variety. Rae’s label will also be responsible for supervising the music on A Black Lady Sketch Show, which she executive produces.

“Music has always been an essential part of every project I do and working with emerging talent is a personal passion,” Rae said in a statement. “Raedio allows me to continue that work within the music industry and audio entertainment space. The Atlantic team are innovators in terms of shifting and shaping culture. I’m excited to join forces with them to discover new artists.”

Raedio is technically her first foray into the recording industry, but music has always been a “central character” in Insecure, Atlantic Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald noted.

“Issa Rae is a next-level, future-thinking creative force who’s been breaking down cultural barriers and conquering one field after another,” said Greenwald. “She’s made music a central character in her artistic evolution, and now she’s brought all that amazing passion, inspiration, and taste to the formation of Raedio. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Issa and her team on this exciting new venture, and TeaMarrr is the perfect artist to launch with.”

Wath TeaMarrr's  “Kinda Love” music video below.

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The Game Must Pay Accuser $7 Million After Losing Appeal In Sexual Assault Case

The Game is still ordered to pay a $7.1 million judgement after his attempt at a new trial in his sexual battery case was denied by an Illinois court on Thursday (Oct. 17). The Seventh Circuit Court upheld the lower court’s decision to deny the rapper’s attempt at having a trial continuance.

The 39-year-old rapper is accused of sexually assaulting Priscilla Rainey, a former contest on his VH1 reality dating show, She’s Got Game, during an “off-camera date” at a Chicago sports bar in May 2015. Rainey won her lawsuit in 2016.

U.S. Circuit Judge Diane Sykes called The Game’s behavior, “deeply reprehensible,” and outlined details of the sexual assault in a 19-page memo.

Rainey claims that the Grammy-nominated recording artist, whose birth name is Jayceon Taylor, was high on drugs during the incident where he “forcefully” reached inside her skirt and rubbed her private parts, and buttocks. Three days later, Rainey confronted The Game while they were on a tour bus “with other cast members, and a film crew caught the entire exchange on camera.” A “heated exchange ensued” between the two, and The Game threatened Rainey and told her to get off of the bus. She instead shared the details of the assault with the film crew.

Rainey sued for sexual battery in 2015. The Game responded by launching numerous public insults, and accusing her of suing because she was upset about being eliminated from the show.

Rainey won the lawsuit after The Game failed to show up to court during the trial, and his attempts to delay the proceedings were unsuccessful. The Game also lost a $20 million lawsuit that he filed against Viacom.

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