Jennifer Lawrence on Harvey Weinstein - 'I wanted to kill him'

Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out about her relationship with Harvey Weinstein in a new interview, saying she wanted to kill him when she found out about his sexual assault allegations. 

In the interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, the Red Sparrow actress described Weinstein's alleged actions as "criminal and deplorable". 

"He was never inappropriate with me," she told CBS correspondent Bill Whitaker. "But when it came out and I heard about it, I wanted to kill him.

"The way that he destroyed so many women's lives... I want to see him in jail."

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Weinstein faces accusations from several women of rape, sexual harassment and abuse. His lawyers recently used Lawrence as a defence, saying she had never accused Weinstein of harassment during their time working together on Silver Linings Playbook.

In response, Lawrence said: "Harvey Weinstein and his company are continuing to do what they have always done, which is to take things out of context and use them for their own benefit.

This is what predators do and it must stop."

The actresses added: "For the record, while I was not victimised personally by Harvey Weinstein, I stand behind the women who have survived his terrible abuse and I applaud them in using all means necessary to bring him to justice, whether through criminal or civil actions. Time's up." 

In the 60 Minutes interview, Lawrence also discusses how her spy thriller Red Sparrow helped her reclaim her body, after a hacker stole nude photos and released them in 2014. The film calls for nudity and sex, two things the actress previously said she couldn't picture herself doing. 

But she says she was "dying" to be part of the movie and didn't want to hinder herself. 

"I realised there's a difference between consent and not," she said on 60 Minutes. "And I showed up for the first day and I did it. And I felt empowered." 

The actress also discussed her decision to drop out school at 14 to be an actress, saying she has "no regrets". 

"I wanted to forge my own path."

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