Jennifer Lawrence: I was placed in 'nude lineup,' told to lose weight

Carla Harmon
October 17, 2017

Her comments came in response to several accusations of sexual harassment from a number of women against producer Harvey Weinstein, who is now being investigated by the Metropolitan Police over five allegations dating back to the late 1980s.

In her speech at ELLE's Women in Hollywood event on Monday night, Jennifer Lawrence shared some of the "degrading and humiliating" experiences she has had in Hollywood. "That truth is very encouraging to me and everyone out there in the world because you can only heal by telling the truth". "I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I've been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier".

In a career spanning nine years, Jennifer Lawrence has made over 20 films including The Hunger Games series, the X-Men films, Dior and I and Silver Linings Playbook, for which she won Best Actress Academy Award.

In front of a rapt crowd at the event, Lawrence said the women had to stand "side by side with only paste-ons covering our privates" as they were photographed. "I played a younger version of her [in the 2008 movie The Burning Plain] and she was so nice to me", she said, praising the 42-year-old actress.

Jennifer admitted she was "trapped" because she felt she had to let herself be treated that way for the sake of her career.

Though Lawrence acknowledged the great sadness that's resulted from so many women coming forward with tragic stories of assault and harassment, she described the experience as "oddly unifying".

"But after hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these courageous women speak up tonight about things that we're kind of told to sweep under the rug and not to talk about, it's made me want to speak up and speak up loudly".

When the "mother!" actress tried complaining about the experience, she said she was met with sexual harassment from another producer who deemed her as "fuckable".

Lawrence also noted that Diane Lane, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey are role models for her. "Oprah Winfrey, I met recently and it was life changing", she quipped.

"I feel really, really encouraged that there will be a new normal".

Witherspoon's comments come after an explosive New York Times report claimed Weinstein has harassed female employees over almost three decades, with eight women speaking out to accuse him of inappropriate behaviour.

"I couldn't have gotten a producer or a director or a studio head fired".

In response to the allegations made by The New Yorker, a spokesperson for Weinstein said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

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