More Hollywood actresses have detailed the harassment and abuse they have experienced through the Hollywood system, which seems to have a dark history of cruelty in this area. Jennifer Lawrence revealed her story at Elle's annual Women in Hollywood event on Monday night, as she became one of the latest actresses to speak about her own experience with sexual harassment.
The reveal came on Monday night, in the midst of the scandal swirling around Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Lawrence, 27, told attendees of an experience when she was starting out her acting career as a teenager. This is when she was asked by a producer to go on a diet in order to lose 15 pounds for the role.
Then, claims Lawrence, she was asked by a female executive to stand for a "nude lineup" with thin girls, so that she would be encouraged to lose weight.
She claims that another girl before her had already been fired because she hadn't lost enough weight.
“One girl before me had already been fired for not losing enough weight fast enough,” the actress said, according to Breitbart. “And, during this time, a female producer had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me. And we all stood side-by-side with only paste-ons covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating lineup, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”
Lawrence claims that she didn't speak up about this because she didn't want to be controversial or a "whistleblower." Rather, she just wanted to be an actress. She then said that at the time, she didn't yet have enough influence to hold anybody accountable. She wasn't yet a movie star, so there was no purpose, she thought, in speaking up at the time.
“I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt like I had to for my career,” she said. “I was young and walking that fine line of sticking up for myself without being called difficult, which they did call me, but I believe the word they used was ‘nightmare.'”
Jennifer Lawrence isn't the only Hollywood woman coming forward to speak about their sexual harassment and abuse. Over 30 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse, including Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, and others. At least five of the women have accused Weinstein of rape.
On Monday, Reese Witherspoon also added her voice to the growing list of major Hollywood stars who have had a history of sexual harassment and sexual assault within the industry. Witherspoon revealed that she had been sexually assaulted by a director when she was only 16 years old, according to Rollingstone.
Breitbart reports that Weinstein is currently in Arizona, where he is seeking treatment for sex addiction in a rehab facility.
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