Reese & J-law More Hollywood se­crets

Tin­sel­town is reel­ing af­ter more stars speak out about as­sault

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When Rose Mcgowan re­vealed ear­lier this month US film pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein had sex­u­ally ha­rassed her, it en­cour­aged many other women in Hollywood to come for­ward about their ex­pe­ri­ences with the movie mogul.

Lit­tle did Rose know her brave ad­mis­sion would spark count­less oth­ers to re­veal their sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences. Many suf­fered at the hands of other pro­duc­ers and film heavy­weights, re­veal­ing a se­ri­ously dis­turb­ing prob­lem in the in­dus­try.

Now Reese Wither­spoon and Jen­nifer Lawrence have gone pub­lic with the “ugly truths”, which come with Tin­sel­town’s “cast­ing couch” cul­ture.

Ad­dress­ing the star-stud­ded au­di­ence at the Elle Women in Hollywood event last week, Reese, 41, bravely ad­mit­ted she was sex­u­ally as­saulted by a film direc­tor at 16. For her, the shock al­le­ga­tions brought against We­in­stein have reignited feel­ings of “anx­i­ety and guilt”.

“I’ve got my own ex­pe­ri­ences, which have come back to me very vividly, and I find it re­ally hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to com­mu­ni­cate,” the Big Lit­tle Lies star said.

She re­vealed she’d been feel­ing anx­ious about be­ing hon­est and the guilt for not speak­ing up ear­lier.

“[I feel] true dis­gust at the direc­tor who as­saulted me when I was 16 years old, and anger at the agents and the pro­duc­ers who made me feel l si­lence was a con­di­tion of my y em­ploy­ment,” said Reese, who was flanked by a body­guard when she stepped out in LA, shortly af­ter speak­ing out.

Mean­while, Jen­nifer, 27, re­vealed she’d been “de­graded and hu­mil­i­ated” by Hollywood ex­ec­u­tives when she was at the start of her ca­reer.

At one point, she was even forced to strip off, and was shamed into los­ing weight. The Hunger Games star claimed a ap pro­ducer later de­scribed her as “per­fectly f***able”.

“I let my­self be treated a cer­tain way be­cause I felt I had to for my ca­reer,” Jen ex­plained.

“I’m still learn­ing I don’t have to smile when a man makes me un­com­fort­able. Ev­ery hu­man be­ing should have the power to be treated with re­spect be­cause they’re hu­man.”

1992 Reese was just 16 when she was as­saulted by a direc­tor.

J-law (be­low at 17) says she’s been de­graded, and was de­scribed by one boss as “per­fectly f***able”. 2007

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