Jennifer Lawrence Responds To Harvey Weinstein’s Alleged Claim In A New Lawsuit That He Slept With Her
A new lawsuit filed on Friday by an unnamed actress, listed as Jane Doe, claims that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her, among other heinous allegations. “According to the suit, Weinstein pushed her to the ground during a meeting in his office in 2013,” Variety reports. “He then removed her underwear and began to perform oral sex, as she started to sob in protest.” The plaintiff, who is suing Weinstein and the Weinstein Company alleging sexual battery and discrimination, also accused Weinstein of masturbating in front of her, asking “Do you even want to be an actress?” — and claiming that he had sex with Jennifer Lawrence.
The Oscar-winning actress has since responded to the allegation, releasing a statement denying Weinstein’s boast. “My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” Lawrence said. “I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him. This is yet another example of the predatory tactics and lies that he engaged in to lure countless women.”
When reached for comment by Variety, Weinstein’s reps called the lawsuit an attempt to “embarrass Mr. Weinstein… There is absolutely no truth to the malicious claims made in this lawsuit, and we are reviewing our options with an eye on filing for an immediate dismissal. Mr. Weinstein is embarrassed for Ms. Lawrence with whom he has only had a professional and respectful relationship, who has sadly been dragged into this ugly attempt at defamation.”
Lawrence, who once thanked Weinstein during a Golden Globes acceptance speech for Silver Linings Playbook (which the Weinstein Company produced), has recently said that she wanted to “kill” him for the “way that he destroyed so many women’s lives. I want to see him in jail.” Weinstein was recently accused of sexually assaulting a teenage model, among many, many other allegations.
Harvey Weinstein 'bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence', lawsuit claims
- Harvey Weinstein bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence, a lawsuit alleges.
- When an unnamed actress rejected his advances, he allegedly asked: "Do you even want to be an actress?" And added: "I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar."
- Lawrence said her "heart breaks for all women who were victimised by Harvey Weinstein."
- She added that she never had "anything but a professional relationship with him."
- A representative for Weinstein called the lawsuit "malicious" and said it was meant to embarrass him and garner unchecked media attention.
Harvey Weinstein bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence after another actress rejected his advances, a lawsuit has alleged.
The latest allegation against the film producer emerged in court documents on Friday, with an unnamed woman claiming he forcibly performed oral sex on her. Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
According to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, Weinstein pushed the unnamed actress to the ground during a meeting at his office in 2013 before sexually assaulting her.
When she rejected his advances, Weinstein is alleged to have asked, "Do you even want to be an actress?", adding: "I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar."
The latest accuser, listed in legal documents as Jane Doe, is suing both Weinstein and The Weinstein Company, the film studio he founded with his brother Bob. She alleges sexual battery and discrimination.
A representative for Weinstein said the lawsuit was "malicious" and that the movie mogul is "embarrassed" for Lawrence who has "sadly been dragged into this ugly attempt at defamation."
They said: "This lawsuit was filed and updated strategically with no notice given or any attempt to reach out to Mr Weinstein's attorneys for one reason; It was meant to embarrass Mr Weinstein and garner unchecked media attention.
"Mr Weinstein is embarrassed for Ms Lawrence with whom he has only had a professional and respectful relationship, who has sadly been dragged into this ugly attempt at defamation.
"This filing further proves that anyone can say whatever they want in a lawsuit for maximum shock value, to defame and debase, without having to offer any facts or reality."
It comes after a group of Weinstein accusers attempted to block him from bringing his private emails into the public eye.
He wants to use the emails in his defence against sexual assault charges in New York. But, his accusers from a separate civil case, are trying to block the move due to concerns over confidentiality.
They have asked a judge to block him from releasing the material to "the media (or any other third party)" after alleging Weinstein's lawyers told them he "intended to unleash these emails in the media to sway the court of public opinion."
Weinstein's civil lawyer, Scott Cousins, accused the women of "doing all they can to prevent the truth from coming out."
Mr Cousins added: "This strategy will not bode well, as they are going behind the bankruptcy court's back which has sole jurisdiction over these emails and the plaintiffs know it. To claim sexual assault and then take such measures to prevent the truth from being heard speaks volumes of their motives."