"He was paternal...", Jennifer Lawrence reveals how Harvey Weinstein was like a father figure to her


In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lawrence opened up about her relationship with Harvey Weinstein and confessed that she never knew about his sick acts.

The glamorous world of Hollywood came crumbling down when the sexual assault allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein came to light. While there were many who accused Weinstein of assaulting them, some were unknown about this behavior. Among them, Jennifer Lawrence was one. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Hollywood ReporterJennifer opened up about the relationship she shared with the disgraced producer. 

Jennifer Lawrence attends The Hollywood Reporter's 2017 Women In Entertainment Breakfast  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for THR)

She found it very hard to believe that he could have done something like an assault because the image the film producer had in front of the Hunger Games actress was completely different. In fact, Jennifer even looked up to him as a father figure. 

Producer Harvey Weinstein (L) and actress Jennifer Lawrence

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She had worked with Weinstein on Silver Linings Playbook and had come to know the producer even better during the filming. "Just speaking for myself, I had known him since I 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 a-hole, and we moved on," she told in the interview. 

Producer Harvey Weinstein (L) and actress Jennifer Lawrence attend the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 

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"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 continued. 

Producer Harvey Weinstein (L) and actress Jennifer Lawrence attend the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 

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The Oscar-winning actress confessed that she wasn't aware of the things that had been going on behind her back and was shocked to see so many accusations against Harvey. Nearly a dozen women had accused the producer of sexual assault and more than 80 women from the film industry also claimed the same. 

Producer Harvey Weinstein (L) and actress Jennifer Lawrence 

attend the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for GLAAD)

"I didn't know that he was a rapist. And it's so widespread, the abuse, from so many different people — it's directors, it's producers — that I think everybody needed to [process it]. Everybody needs to deal with this in their own way; everybody needs to heal," Jennifer said. 

Actress Jennifer Lawrence (L) and producer Harvey Weinstein

attend the Vanity Fair (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for VF)

In an interview with People, Jennifer had revealed that she was "deeply disturbed" to know about the accusations as she never came across such behavior when she had worked with him on a set. "I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations," she said at the time.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence (L) and producer Harvey Weinstein

attend the Vanity Fair (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for VF)

"This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting," she continued. Jennifer believes that after the report about the assaults was published by the New York Times after many women who knew the producer were put in a spot where it became necessary for them to speak about the event that was unfolding. 

Producer Harvey Weinstein (L) and actress Jennifer Lawrence attend

The Weinstein Company's SAG Awards 

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