Harvey Weinstein was once one of Hollywood's most celebrated moguls. The producer received thanks for a total of 34 times in Oscars speeches and was responsible for the successful careers of certain celebrities.
As the entertainment world continues to deal with the aftermath of the Weinstein scandal, more actors and actresses are opening up about working their experience working with Weinstein.
Jennifer Lawrence, who starred in the Oscar-winning film, Silver Linings Playbook, spoke on the allegations against the producer in a candid interview with media proprietor, Oprah Winfrey.
Lawrence's interview was published on Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter for its 2017 "Women in Power" issue. Lawrence brought up her reaction when she learned of the allegations against Weinstein and how it personally affected her.
"Just speaking for myself, I had known him since I was 20, and he had only ever been nice to me - except for the moments that he wasn't, and then I called him an (expletive), and we moved on. He was paternal to me. So I needed a moment to process everything because I thought I knew this guy, and then he's being accused of rape," she said.
The Hunger Games actress also stated that everyone knew Weinstein was a "brute and a dog," but she had no idea that he was a rapist. She elaborated that was sick to her stomach when she listened to the audio tape that recorded Weinstein trying to persuade model, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, to watch him take a shower.
"Being able to hear when the woman wore the microphone and Harvey was telling her to watch him shower - I felt sick in my bones for an entire day. And that's why it's so important to talk about abuse, all of the different forms of abuse, because he didn't lay a finger on her, and I felt chilled to my bones," Lawrence added.
It's Time For A Change
Lawrence continued that though the accusations are hard to process, she is excited about the change that is taking place due to more women speaking up about their experiences with sexual abuse.
Silver Lining's Playbook, which earned Lawrence her first Academy Award, was produced by Harvey Weinstein. The actress has since starred in the critically acclaimed films, Joy, American Hustle, and most recently, the controversial film, Mother!.
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