Jennifer Lawrence is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and was, until very recently, the highest paid actress within the industry.
She’s long been an advocate for women’s rights within Hollywood and has rightly not been shy about criticising the unfairness inherent between the treatment of female talent when compared to their male counterparts.
Now, Lawrence has opened up about her own experiences with sexual harassment in Hollywood, speaking of feeling ‘trapped’ when she was required to do a naked line-up with other actresses, report The Cut.
She recounted the incident in her speech at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event, where Lawrence was one of eight women to receive honours, saying:
A female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me.
We are stood side-by-side with only tape covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.
Lawrence took this grievance to another producer to tell them this behaviour was unacceptable, the (this time male) producer said she was ‘perfectly f*ckable’ and ‘didn’t understand why everyone thought she was so fat.’
She’d also been told before this to lose 15 pounds in a matter of weeks if she wanted to land a role she’d gone for.
Describing the effects of these incidents, Lawrence said she felt ‘trapped’ by what had happened to her, which meant she ‘let myself be treated a certain way because I felt I had to for my career.’
Lawrence has since broken free of those chains of body shaming in the industry and has become a shining light for body positivity for men and women around the world.
She even got involved in a spat with Joan Rivers for saying Fashion Police is harmful to children.
Speaking about the cases of the alleged abuse of Harvey Weinstein, Lawrence said the resulting openness of women who are sharing their stories of sexual harassment as ‘oddly unifying.’
Harvey Weinstein has been fired over allegations of sexual abuse from multiple women, dating back throughout his career – high profile names such as Cara Delevigne and Rose McGowan have publicly accused Weinstein of various sexual assaults.
McGowan has been the most outspoken critic of Weinstein, though many women and men have come forward during this time to speak of their own personal stories.
When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call….i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I'd never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood. A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn't and wouldn't be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn't want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation. When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction. I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing….i thought it would make the situation better….more professional….like an audition….i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room. I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn't deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out….I didn't want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.
The hashtag #metoo has been trending on twitter as victims foster an atmosphere and openness in the face of what’s happened to them.
It’s also been reported UK police are investigating three further sexual assault allegations in London, all involving the Hollywood producer.