Jennifer Lawrence came forward last night at Elle's Women in Hollywood event to share her own "degrading" and "humiliating" story of sexual harassment.

Though the actress worked with Harvey Weinstein on her Oscar-winning role in Silver Linings Playbook, she did not have the same experience other women did with the movie mogul. But she went through multiple demeaning encounters during auditions.

“When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks,” she recalled at the L.A. event, which was sponsored by Calvin Klein and L’Oréal Paris. “During this time a female producer had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me. We are stood side by side with only tape on 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.” She told a male producer that she thought the weight loss discussion was inappropriate. “He said he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was ‘perfectly f--kable.'”


At the time Lawrence felt this was what women had to do to get ahead in Hollywood. “I’m still learning that I don’t have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable,” she continued. “Every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human.”

Previously the actress gave People a statement about the Weinstein allegations. “I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior,” she said. “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,” she said. “And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”

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