"I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey," the actress said

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
February 27, 2015 06:00 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence is speaking out in defense of her Joy director and frequent collaborator, David O. Russell.

“I know I don’t go on here a lot because I can barely work email,” the actress, 24, wrote on her Facebook page, “but there’s been a terrible rumor going around the last 24 hours so I wanted to clear it up.

“David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship,” she said.

The rumor that Lawrence is referring to originated from TMZ; the report claims that she and Russell, 56, got into a “loud argument” on set Tuesday, and that the director’s shouts were “ear-piercing and laced with profanities.”

However, a rep for the studio told the outlet that the screaming was “all method acting. [Russell] was just getting [Lawrence] amped-up for a scene in which she screams at someone.”

“I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey,” Lawrence finished. “This movie is going great and I’m having a blast making it!”

Her working relationship with Russell has paid off well for the actress – she won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2012 for Silver Linings Playbook and earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for American Hustle in 2013. Both of the projects were directed by the award-winning director.

Russell in no stranger to on-set drama. A YouTube video showing the director screaming at actress Lily Tomlin while filming 2004’s I Heart Huckabees went viral several years ago. However, both Tomlin and Russell brushed off the video, with Russell saying in 2013 that they both “love” each other.