Jennifer Lawrence slams Harvey Weinstein after he 'brags about sex with her'
Jennifer Lawrence has slammed Harvey Weinstein after he allegedly bragged about "having sex with her" in order to lure another actress in.
The Silver Linings Playbook actress attacked the American film producer for "predatory tactics and lies" after a new lawsuit filed by an anonymous woman claimed he had boasted about their sexual relationship.
Court papers show the unidentified woman alleges that Weinstein masturbated in front of her after he walked in on her in the bathroom at a business meeting in 2013.
Later that year, she claimed, Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her after a dinner meeting.
When she attempted to reject his advances, the 66-year-old apparently asked her: "Do you even want to be an actress? I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar."
Lawrence has responded in a statement, strongly denying claims of a sexual relationship.
"My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein," she wrote. "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."
It's not the first time Lawrence has spoken out against Weinstein's actions. In an interview in 2017, the Oscar-winning actress claimed she had no knowledge of any sexual assault that had taken place, but admitted that everyone "knew he was a dog".
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey, the X-Men star said she had known the movie mogul since she 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 asshole, 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. "We all knew he was a dog, we knew that he was a… tough guy, a brute, a tough guy to negotiate with. I didn’t know that he was a rapist."
Weinstein, who denies all allegations of non-consensual sex, is said to have sexually assaulted the unidentified woman in his office after pushing her to the ground. She is reportedly suing both the movie mogul and The Weinstein Company for sexual battery and discrimination.
The details of the court papers emerged after other accusers attempted to block the producer from bringing his private emails into the public eye.
The co-founder of Miramax asked a bankruptcy court in Delaware to allow him to recover files from The Weinstein Company, in order to use in his defence against sexual assault charges in New York.
However, his alleged victims have requested that the judge reject his petition, claiming his lawyers told them he "intended to unleash these emails in the media to sway the court of public opinion".
Scott Cousins, the civil lawyer representing Weinstein, said the women were "doing all they can to prevent the truth from coming out".
Weinstein is next due in court on 20 December.