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When a lewd rumor about Jennifer Lawrence began making the rounds, the Oscar-winning actress was quick to nip it in the bud. For the record: She did not sleep with Harvey Weinstein, and her relationship with the disgraced producer was strictly professional.
Here's what started it all: On December 14, a "Jane Doe" plaintiff filed a new lawsuit filed against Weinstein. In the suit, the unnamed actress claimed that Weinstein told her, in an effort to force her to have sex with him, "I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar."
Lawrence quickly issued a statement about the claims. "My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein. 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."
A rep for Weinstein also issued a response. "This lawsuit was filed and updated strategically with no notice given or any attempt to reach out to Mr. Weinstein's attorneys for one reason; It was meant to embarrass Mr. Weinstein and garner unchecked media attention. There is absolutely no truth to the malicious claims made in this lawsuit, and we are reviewing our options with an eye on filing for an immediate dismissal."
The statement continued: "Mr. Weinstein is embarrassed for Ms. Lawrence with whom he has only had a professional and respectful relationship, who has sadly been dragged into this ugly attempt at defamation. This filing further proves that anyone can say whatever they want in a lawsuit for maximum shock value, to defame and debase, without having to offer any facts or reality."
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