“The director of that film asked me if he could have me star in a porno as the character, among many other things that are too inappropriate to repeat here,” she said, in remarks captured in a video posted online by USA Today. She delivered the comments at a “Women in Hollywood” event hosted by Elle magazine in Los Angeles.


Jennifer Lawrence spoke about sexual harassment by movie executives early in her career at an event hosted by Elle magazine in Los Angeles.

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Ms. Lawrence also said the producers of that film urged her to lose 15 pounds in two weeks, she said. For inspiration, one female producer had her stand in a “nude lineup” with several thinner women, she said. When she spoke up for herself, a male producer lewdly supported her, suggesting she was attractive enough to have sex with as is, she said.

At the same event, Ms. Witherspoon said a director had sexually assaulted her when she was just 16. “I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly,” she said, because of the recent reports.

“I’ve found it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate,” she said, adding that she had recently experienced a resurgence of guilt and anxiety for not speaking up and of disgust with the director.

On Tuesday, Ms. Ringwald wrote in The New Yorker about aggressive sexual behavior by a film crew member and later a married director when she was a teenager.

“At a time when I was trying to figure out what it meant to become a sexually viable young woman,” she wrote, “at every turn some older guy tried to help speed up the process.”

Maureen Ryan, the chief television critic for Variety, wrote on Wednesday that she was sexually assaulted by a television executive in 2014.

Like other women, she said that there are men throughout the industry who commit such acts.

“These men, at much lower levels than Weinstein, do this because they feel like it,” she wrote. “They either don’t care about the consequences, which are unlikely to arrive in the vast majority of instances, or they want to see if they can get away with it. Very often, they do.”

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