Meryl Streep is not happy with Harvey Weinstein and his attorneys using her name in their lawsuit.
The 21-time Oscar nominee tore into Weinstein in a recent interview with Deadline. Weinstein’s legal team used Streep’s name in an attempt to have a sexual misconduct class-action suit thrown out, and that did not sit well with the legendary actress.
“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,” said Streep.
Streep hopes Weinstein will be charged justly, with no exception made for his Hollywood success.
“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.”
Weinstein’s legal team looked to have the case thrown out by name-dropping both Streep and fellow Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.
“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,” the memo read. “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.”