Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Meryl Streep slams Weinstein for naming her in lawsuit

Meryl Streep slams Weinstein for naming her in lawsuit

The lawyers used her statement which she had issued when the hordes of women were starting to speak up against Weinstein.

Hollywood veteran Meryl Streep does not appreciate being part of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein's legal defense, and says it is a pathetic move.

This was stemming from a lawsuit filed against the Miramax founder by six women, namely Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Masse, Melissa Sagemiller, Katherine Kendall, Louisette Geiss, and Nannette Klatt, alleging Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

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 in pathetic and exploitative.

Weinstein's lawyers filed a response in federal court in NY, saying the possible class-action case should be rejected and invoked the words of a number of A-list actresses in his defence.

The filing written by attorneys Phyllis Kupferstein and Mary Flynn also questioned the veracity of claims that the women who sued were under duress because of threats Weinstein made if they complained.

As you may know, Jennifer Lawrence recently stated that her relationship with Harvey was more "paternal" than anything, despite their occasional butting of heads.

The documents go on to add, "Paltrow was not so offended that she refused to work with Weinstein again, nor did her career suffer as a result of her rebuffing his alleged advances".

Their reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Weinstein's motion to dismiss.

The Florence Foster Jenkins actress is speaking out after Harvey's team used one of her past statements in order to suggest that he was not abusive.

Weinstein, 65, has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women. Authorities in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New York and London are investigating.

A national class action suit would also involve women who merely served Weinstein "an hors d'oeuvre or a drink", the lawyers continued. The company Weinstein co-founded with his brother said it was unaware of Harvey Weinstein's conduct and that he was exclusively responsible for his actions.

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