Meryl Streep, J.Law slam Weinstein for name-dropping them in lawsuitFebruary 22, 2018
“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,” Streep, 68, told Deadline Wednesday night.
She continued, “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.”
Meanwhile, Lawrence, 27, fumed to TMZ, “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. For the record, while I was not victimized 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 court documents obtained by Page Six on Wednesday, Weinstein’s attorneys attempted to block a misconduct suit from six actresses from becoming a class action, writing, “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.”
The six named actresses in the proposed class action lawsuit are Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Thomas, Melissa Sagemiller and Nannette Klatt, who allege that Weinstein sexually harassed them over a combined total of three decades, with offenses ranging from demanding massages to masturbating in their presence.
Weinstein denied all the plaintiffs’ claims of sexual misconduct.
The legal team noticeably omitted remarks Streep made about Weinstein in December, when she said, “Not every actor, actress, and director who made films that HW distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose [McGowan] in the ’90s, other women before and others after, until they told us. We did not know that women’s silence was purchased by him and his enablers. HW needed us not to know this, because our association with him bought him credibility, an ability to lure young, aspiring women into circumstances where they would be hurt.”
Also missing were comments Lawrence made about Weinstein the same month, when told Winfrey in The Hollywood Reporter, “Just speaking for myself, I had known him since I was 20, and he had only ever been nice to me — except for the moments that he wasn’t, and then I called him an a-hole, and we moved on … We all knew he was a dog, we knew that he was a … tough guy, a brute, a tough guy to negotiate with. I didn’t know that he was a rapist.”
A rep for Weinstein declined to comment.