Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Meryl Streep Speaks Out After Harvey Weinstein Uses Her Name in Lawsuit

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Stacy Diaz | 22 February, 2018, 15:42

Weinstein's legal team also used Gwyneth Paltrow in the director's defense, saying that she was "not so offended that she refused to work with Weinstein again" after he allegedly harassed her during the filming of 1994 movie Emma. The conference opened Thursday against a backdrop of expanding allegations of sexual misconduct against prominent men in Hollywood, politics and the media.

Meryl Streep won one of her Oscars for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady and, like the late British Prime Minister, the acclaimed actor is not for turning - at least when it comes to Harvey Weinstein using her name to get a sexual misconduct class-action suit thrown out. On Wednesday, his lawyers cited Streep and a handful of other A-Listers as evidence that some women continued to work with him in a professional manner.

Though Streep says it's true that Weinstein wasn't sexually transgressive or physically abusive toward her, using her words "as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive", her statement reads. "Regardless of how many good movies, made by many good people, Harvey was lucky enough to have acquired or financed".

The lawsuit, which could potentially involve hundreds of other women, said Weinstein assaulted young women trying to break into Hollywood when they were alone with him and that his former film companies operated like an organized crime group to hide widespread sexual harassment and assaults.

Lawyers from Los Angeles' Kupferstein Manuel LLP and New York City's Morrison Cohen LLP wrote "these proposed class definitions are fatally overbroad as to be not ascertainable." .

Lawrence has yet to make a comment on the situation.

The documents state: "Such women would include, presumably, Jennifer Lawrence, who told Oprah Winfrey she had known Weinstein since she was 20 years old and said that "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".