(LOS ANGELES) — Meryl Streep isn’t happy with Harvey Weinstein’s use of her name — as well as Jennifer Lawrence’s — in a motion to get a sexual misconduct class-action lawsuit against him tossed.
“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 wrote in a statement Tuesday.
“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,” she added.
Weinstein’s lawyers name-dropped Streep and Lawrence in a memorandum of law accompanying his motion of dismissal Tuesday.
“These proposed class definitions are fatally overbroad as to be not ascertainable,” the memo states. “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.”
Streep was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in 2013’s August: Osage County, which Weinstein executive produced, and took home the Oscar for 2012’s Weinstein Company release, The Iron Lady.
Lawrence won an Oscar for the Weinstein-produced Silver Linings Playbook.
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