Jennifer Lawrence reveals the sexual assault she's suffered at the hands of Hollywood producers

Publish Date
Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 11:45AM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Jennifer Lawrence has been "degraded and humiliated" by Hollywood executives, revealing she was made to take part in "a nude line-up" of women.

The 27-year-old actress has opened up about the shocking lows she was subjected to when beginning her career, including forced to strip and stand next to "much, much thinner" women in an attempt for her to be shamed into losing weight.

Speaking about her career at Elle's 2017 Women in Hollywood bash at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California, on Monday, the mother! star said: "When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds [6.8kg] in two weeks.

"During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me. We 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 said she approached a male producer about the line-up.

"He said he didn't know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was 'perfectly f***able'.

"I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt I had to for my career."

Lawrence was speaking after the multitude of sexual harassment and assault claims levelled at disgraced movie boss Harvey Weinstein.

But the Passengers actress believes "every human" should be treated with the "respect" they deserve and shouldn't be forced to do things to please other people.

She explained: "I'm still learning that I don't have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable. Every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they're human."

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.