Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out About Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Scandal
Jennifer Lawrence is finally speaking out about Harvey Weinstein, the man who produced the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook and was recently exposed for allegedly sexually harassing numerous women for decades. The famed Weinstein Company, which Harvey co-founded, fired the 65-year-old earlier this week, prompting the Hunger Games star make a statement about the man she won an Academy Award under.
The 27-year-old told E! News, “I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting. My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”
The 27-year-old joins many other who have spoken out against the sexual predator. Divergent‘s Ashley Judd told The New York Times that Harvey invited her to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel two decades ago where he stood in nothing but a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or if she would watch him shower.
Jessica Chastain admitted that she “was warned from the beginning” about Harvey’s actions and Meryl Streep said “the disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported.”
Mr. Weinstein issued his own statement when the allegations first came out that read, “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”
These 6 female stars bravely shared their sexual assault story online:
Lady Gaga has always been an outspoken figure for female empowerment, and wrote the song "'Til It Happens to You" in support of those who, like her, have been sexually assaulted. She even invited a ton of sexual assault survivors up on stage with her to sing and stand in a united front.
While she has spoken out many times about her experiences, her Instagram post may have been the most poignant candid thing she had revealed. "I never thought anyone would ever love me because I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser. But he loves the survivor in me," the singer captioned a pic of her and ex-fiancé Taylor Kinney after the Oscars.