Harvey Weinstein has apologised to Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep after they criticised him for naming them in his defence.
Jennifer hit back at Weinstein after he named her in a motion to dismiss a lawsuit, claiming the pair had defended him in public interviews, and in response to their comments, Weinstein has told his lawyers to avoid using specific names in legal documents.
Weinstein’s rep told TMZ: ‘Mr. Weinstein acknowledges the valuable input both Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have contributed to this conversation and apologises.
‘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.’
Weinstein is attempting to have a class action lawsuit from six women – Katherine Kendall, Sarah Ann Masse, Louisette Geiss, Melissa Sagemiller Zoe Brock and Nannette Klatt – dismissed, using Jennifer and Meryl Streep as ‘proof’ that he can’t be a sexual predator because neither actress raised allegations of misconduct against him.
His documents stated: ‘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.’
Jennifer said in a statement that ‘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,’ she added.
‘For the record, while I was not victimised 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.’