Just when you thought Harvey Weinstein was keeping quiet following last year’s sexual assault scandal, the disgraced movie mogul is making headlines again — this time for a derogatory statement he allegedly made against actress Jennifer Lawrence.
On Friday, an anonymous actress, referred to as Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit against Weinstein, and in the documents, she claims that he bragged about sleeping with Lawrence before she won an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook.
“I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar,” the accuser recalled Weinstein telling her, Variety reported. Lawrence denies that she had a sexual relationship with Weinstein and offered some savage words about his abuse of power.
“My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” Lawrence said to People. “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.”
Weinstein also refuted the lawsuit’s claims in a statement to Vulture. “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,” the statement read. “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,” the statement continued. “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.”
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During a meeting in Weinstein’s office in 2013, the actress claims in the lawsuit that the director “forcibly performed oral sex” on her. That’s when he began boasting about his alleged sexual encounter with Lawrence. He “began lecturing her about how he and his people were all trying to help her, and asked her, ‘Do you even want to be an actress?,'” she said.
“He expressly reminded her that he was the gatekeeper to her dream by claiming, ‘I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar.’”
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