Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out about her relationship with Harvey Weinstein, admitting that she did not know he ‘was a rapist’ but that everyone knew he was ‘a dog, a tough guys, a brute’. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Oscar-winning actress said how 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. We all knew he was a dog, we knew that he was a… tough guy, a brute, a tough guy to negotiate with.’
She added: ‘I didn’t know that he was a rapist.’
In an earlier statement made when the accusations of sexual assault and harassment came out abot Weisntein, Lawrence said in a statement that she had been left ‘deeply disturbed’ by the allegations, which saw the producer fired from his own company, The Weinstein Company, as well as the resignation of many board members, describing them as ‘inexcusable and absolutely upsetting’. The stories about Weisntein led to what many have called the Weinstein Effect, which has seen Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, James Toback, Brett Ratner, Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin and Matt Lauer. all be accused by women of varying degrees of sexual assault, abuse, or harassment.