A day after a class-action lawsuit was brought against Harvey Weinstein for sexual abuse allegations, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars revealed that the film mogul was like a father figure to her. Jennifer Lawrence told The Hollywood Reporter that she never knew Weinstein was a predator.
“I didn’t know that he was a rapist,” she said.
In the interview with Oprah, Lawrence said Weinstein was known as a tough businessman.
“A tough guy, a brute, a tough guy to negotiate with,” she described. She said their relationship was paternal and never sexual.
“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 asshole, and we moved on. He was paternal to me.”
Lawrence won an Oscar for the Weinstein-produced movie “Silver Linings Playbook” in 2013.
Weinstein has been accused