Jennifer Lawrence's Speech About Sexual Harassment In Her Career Is So Powerful
Jennifer Lawrence was one of the honorees at Elle's annual Women in Hollywood event on Monday, Oct. 16. During her speech, she told the story of when she was sexually harassed early in her career, revealing she was made to do a "nude line-up" with other women and told she needed to lose 15 pounds in two weeks. Jennifer Lawrence's speech about sexual harassment was heartbreaking but powerful, and helps shine a brighter spotlight onto the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault in Hollywood. Lawrence said in her speech,
Lawrence did not say which film she was working on when this event happened, but she did say it made her feel "trapped," like she had to just accept the disgusting actions of the producer in order to have a successful career. Still wanting to defend herself, however, Lawrence said she approached a male producer on the film to report the event, but his response was of no help. Lawrence said,
She added, "I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt I had to for my career." Lawrence is one of many women speaking out about sexual harassment and sexual assault in Hollywood and one of thousands of women around the country who have been sharing their personal stories online ever since the allegations against Harvey Weinstein first came to light.
On Oct. 5, The New York Times published a report detailing a decades-long history of Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassing women. The New York Times reported that Weinstein had paid off at least eight women over the course of his career after they accused him of sexual harassment. Weinstein responded to the article in an Oct. 5 statement to the public that said,
Weinstein's spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, provided the following statement to Elite Daily in response to the accusations:
Lawrence worked with Weinstein in the past on films such as Silver Linings Playbook, which won the actress her first Oscar. In her acceptance speech at the Oscars, Lawrence directly thanked Weinstein, joking, "Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today." Lawrence responded to the allegations against Weinstein in a statement on Oct. 10 in support of his accusers and condemning his alleged behavior. She said,
Lawrence's speech at the Elle Women in Hollywood event continued with her saying,
She added, "In all of this sadness, I think it's been oddly unifying. It's so fundamental to the female experience to be mistreated and feel ashamed of it."