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Wednesday 20 June 2018

'Female producer forced me to do degrading nude line-up', says star Jennifer

Jennifer Lawrence at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards
in LA, where she spoke out about the ‘humiliating’ event
Jennifer Lawrence at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in LA, where she spoke out about the ‘humiliating’ event

Jennifer Lawrence has said she was made to do a "nude line-up" in the earlier days of her career and told to lose weight by a female producer.

The Oscar-winning actress added that it was a "degrading and humiliating" moment, and also claimed that a male film executive had told her that he thought she was "perfectly 'f**kable".

Lawrence was speaking at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles, and addressed the number of allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein from a number of actresses in the film industry.

She told the audience at the event that she found the allegations against the movie mogul "harrowing", before recounting her own story.

Fired

The 27-year-old did not identify the project she had been involved with, or name the producers, but in her speech she said she was told to "lose 15lbs" in two weeks when she was "much younger and starting out" in the film industry.

"One girl before me had already been fired for not losing enough weight fast enough," Lawrence said.

"And, during this time, a female producer had me do a nude line-up 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 line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet. I asked to speak to a producer about the unrealistic diet regime and he responded by telling me he didn't know why everyone thought I was so fat. He thought I was perfectly 'f**kable'.

"I couldn't have gotten a producer or a director or a studio head fired. I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt like I had to for my career.

"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'."

Lawrence said she did not want to be a "whistleblower", and that she did not "want these embarrassing stories talked about in a magazine".

"I just wanted a career," she added. She said it was after being cast as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise that she had "the power to say no".

Meanwhile, Game Of Thrones star Lena Headey has claimed Weinstein was "furious"that she rejected his advances.

Headey (44) said she was left in tears and feeling "completely powerless" after Weinstein attempted to invite her into his hotel room following a breakfast in Los Angeles.

"The lift was going up and I said to Harvey, 'I'm not interested in anything other than work'," she said.

"We got out of the lift and walked to his room. He tried his key card and it didn't work.

"He walked me back to the lift, through the hotel, grabbing my arm. He paid for my car and whispered, 'Don't tell anyone about this'.

"I got into my car and I cried."

She also spoke of an earlier incident at the Venice Film Festival when he made a "suggestive comment" to her which she laughed off.

"I was shocked, I remember thinking it's got to be a joke," she said. "I said something like, 'Oh come on mate. It would be like kissing my dad'."

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