Jennifer Lawrence Reveals Her Own Humiliating ‘Nude Line-up’ Hollywood Sexual Assault Story

At Elle’s Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills Monday night, Jennifer Lawrence shared her own story of sexual assault and abuse early in her career.

Lawrence says somehow all the sadness of women coming out with their own stories of abuse was somehow unifying.

Telling her own story:  “When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks,” Lawrence said, revealing another actress before she had already been fired for not losing the weight fast enough.

Lawrence said she was made to take part in a “naked line-up,” where she and a group of other, “much, much thinner” women “stood side-by-side with only paste-ons covering their privates.”

The Oscar-winning actress said it only got worse from there: “After that degrading and humiliating lineup, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”

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She then went to a producer of the film, to stand-up for herself, “he responded by telling me he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat; he thought I was perfectly ‘f**kable.”

The actress said she felt “trapped” by the experience. “I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt I had to for my career,” she shared.

But as Lawrence star power rose, she realized the notoriety gave her more control to say “no.”

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“I’m still learning that I don’t have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable,” she added. “Every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human.”

Reese Witherspoon shared a similar story of her own:  “I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly, and I found it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate,” she said. “A lot of the feelings I’ve been having about anxiety, about being honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier or taking action. True disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger that I felt at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment.”

There were a total of eight women honored at the L.A. event which was sponsored by Calvin Klein and L’Oréal Paris.

 

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