David Letterman appears to hint at abuse on the part of Harvey Weinstein during a 2013 interview with Jennifer Lawrence, joking that the disgraced Hollywood moguls routinely comes up during parties wanting to hug actresses.
The host, who is now 70, spoke with the actress on Late Night With David Letterman in the year following the release of Silver Linings Playbook, for which Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Letterman asked Lawrence, now 27, what happens at parties that follow movie premieres, and before she could reply, he said: 'People like Harvey Weinstein come up, want to hug you.'
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Reference? David Letterman appears to hint at abuse on the part of Harvey Weinstein during a 2013 interview with Jennifer Lawrence (pictured)
Lawrence immediately replied 'Yeah' and followed up with a joke about being deprived of physical contact and needing hugs.
'I just need some affection. I don't care,' she jokingly replied. Letterman followed up with: 'You don't mind when a guy like Harvey Weinstein…'
The actress carried on with her joke and at no point referred to Weinstein by name.
Instead, she responded: 'No. I mean yeah, hugs I'm OK with.' She then mimed an uptight handshake, explaining she was tired of that kind of interaction, and instead asked: 'Just somebody, just hold me.'
The audience at that point let out a collective 'Aaaaaw', which Letterman said was ironic. This prompted him to ask Lawrence: 'Go ahead, give them the finger.'
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Hollywood: Letterman asked Lawrence what happens at premiere parties, and before she could reply, he said: 'People like Harvey Weinstein come up, want to hug you'
Contact: Lawrence (pictured in 2013 with Weinstein) replied 'Yeah' and followed up with a joke about being deprived of physical contact
Topic change: 'I just need some affection. I don't care,' Lawrence (pictured with Weinstein and Bradley Cooper in 2013) jokingly replied
He and the actress thus laughed together at the audience's presumed lack of compassion for the star's woes, and the Weinstein line wasn't explored any further.
Lawrence has spoken out amid the accusations of sexual harassment made against Weinstein by 34 women, some of which include rape. She has extended her support to the women who have accused him, and said the mogul didn't harass her.
'I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein's behavior,' Lawrence said in a statement to People Magazine.
'I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.
'My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.'
Statement: Lawrence (pictured in 2013 with the producer) has spoken out amid the accusations of sexual harassment made against Weinstein, saying she was 'deeply disturbed'
Award: Letterman spoke with the actress in the year following the release of Silver Linings Playbook (pictured), for which Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress
Message: 'I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally,' Lawrence (pictured in Silver Linings Playbook, which came out in 2012) added
At the time of her interview with Letterman, Lawrence had already thanked Weinstein during her Golden Globes acceptance speech, telling him: 'Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today.'
During another Letterman interview, taped in 1998, Gwyneth Paltrow herself appeared to make a reference to abuse committed by Weinstein.
Paltrow, who was 26 years old at the time, told Letterman she was supposed to be celebrating Thanksgiving in California with her family, but had in fact been persuaded to appear on the host's late show, which filmed in New York.
'Has someone coerced you into being here?' Letterman asked, to which Paltrow replied: 'Do you count Harvey Weinstein as a coercer?'
'I do all my movies for Harvey Weinstein, that's Miramax for all of you. And I'm lucky to do them there, but he will coerce you do a thing or two,' the actress added.
Support: The actress (pictured with director David O Russell and Weinstein in 2014) said her hear 'goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions'
With them: The actress (pictured with Weinstein in 2013) thanked the women who have accused the Hollywood mogul for coming forward
Past: During another Letterman interview, taped in 1998 (pictured), Gwyneth Paltrow herself appeared to make a reference to abuse committed by Weinstein
Letterman asked: 'So Harvey said, "go on and talk about your movie", is that what Harvey said?' Paltrow replied, 'Yeah', and the host followed up by asking: 'And in return what will Harvey do for you?'
The actress thought about it for a short while before telling him: 'Nothing!'
'Really?' Letterman replied. 'Well, what's wrong with that equation? As the kids say, you do the math. I'm kind of fed up with Harvey's behavior.'
Platrow has come forward along with actresses including Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Lea Seydoux among Weinstein's accusers.
She said that after being cast aged 22 to star in the Weinstein-produced Jane Austen adaptation Emma, the mogul had her come to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel.
During their meeting, Paltrow told the New York Times, Weinstein touched her and suggested they have massages in the bedroom.
'I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,' the actress said, adding that she shared her account with her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein.
Not long afterwards, Paltrow said, Weinstein told her not to tell anyone else about the advances, and she became convinced he would fire her.