Meryl Streep slams Harvey Weinstein for mentioning her name in his lawsuit

Meryl Streep has gone on the record to say that she thoroughly disapproves of Harvey Weinstein's legal team mentioning her name as a defense of the fallen Hollywood mogul's character.

                            Meryl Streep slams Harvey Weinstein for mentioning her name in his lawsuit

Meryl Streep is livid after Harvey Weinstein mentioned her name in defense of his innocence. In a statement to the press, the actress said, "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."

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."

According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, Weinstein used the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence, and Streep had had good enough experiences with him to continue working with him in defense of his character.

Jennifer Lawrence and Gwyneth Paltrow, Getty
Jennifer Lawrence and Gwyneth Paltrow were two of the other actresses named in Harvey Weinstein's lawsuit. (Getty Images)

The legal filing also claimed that the statute of limitations had expired for many of the allegations in the lawsuit, and that most of the allegations did not consitute sex acts, seeking to have the class action lawsuit against Weinstein dismissed.

Streep defended herself from accusations that she never called the Hollywood mogul out for his misconduct, saying, "I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening."

She claimed that "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."

Weinstein continues to maintain his innocence, and a statement released by his lawyers read, "Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct."

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