Harvey Weinstein Apologizes to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence for Naming Them in His Defence
Published Feb 23, 2018Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has apologized to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence. He drew the wrath of the Oscar-winning actresses when he cited them in his own defence earlier this week.
In addition to issuing an apology, a spokeswoman for Weinstein added that his legal team had been instructed to refrain from naming specific actors and associates in the future.
"Even though Mr. Weinstein has worked with hundreds of actresses and actors who had only professional and mutually respectful experiences with him, Mr. Weinstein has directed in the future that no specific names be used by his counsel, even where those actors have made previous public statements about him," Weinstein's rep said [via Variety]. "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."
Streep and Lawrence, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow, were initially named by Weinstein's legal team in a court filing calling for the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit against the producer.
Streep responded yesterday (February 22), calling Weinstein's use of her previous remarks out of context "pathetic and exploitative."
Lawrence also denounced the inclusion of her own comments in the court document.
"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," she said in a statement. "This is what predators do, and it must stop."
Meanwhile, the lawyer who filed the class-action lawsuit against Weinstein on behalf of six women, Elizabeth Fegan, said: "If Weinstein thinks he will win by twisting women's words against them, he fails to understand the law on sexual assault and the depravity of his own conduct."