Harvey Weinstein can’t win for losing. Even the women he treated well during his career hate him. Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep are the latest to condemn the former movie mogul for dropping their names in a class action filed against him by his many victims.
Weinstein’s lawyers are trying to attack the lawsuit by claiming it’s overly broad, which makes it impossible to identify the real victims.
In recently filed court papers they argued:
“As drafted, they would include all women who ever met with Weinstein, regardless of whether they claimed to have suffered any identifiable harm as a result of that meeting. Such women would include, presumably, Jennifer Lawrence, who told Oprah Winfrey she had known Weinstein since she was 20 years old and said ‘He had only ever been nice to me,’ and Meryl Streep, who stated publicly that Weinstein had always been respectful to her in their working relationship.”
Name-dropping never goes over well in Hollywood and in this case, Weinstein was dropping two big ones in the middle of his legal mess.
Lawrence shot back with a scathing response.
“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,” she said in a statement released yesterday. 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.”
Streep also weighed in with a stateent:
“Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys use of my (true) statement – that he was not sexually transgressive or physically abusive in our business relationship – as evidence that he was not abusive with many other women is pathetic and exploitive. The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility, and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them – regardless of how many good movies, made by many good people, Harvey was lucky enough to have acquired or financed.”
Weinstein has since tried to make amends with his own statement released to gossip site TMZ.
“Mr. Weinstein acknowledges the valuable input both Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have contributed to this conversation and apologizes. Once again, moving forward, Mr. Weinstein has advised his counsel to not include specific names of former associates; and to avoid whenever possible, even if they are in the public record.”
The 65-year-old disgraced producer has been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting scores of women over the course of his career. His behavior was outed in November in a scathing New York Times expose.