Jennifer Lawrence will not stand by while Harvey Weinstein tries to use her own words to defend himself.
It was reported Wednesday that the embattled producer had filed documents to dismiss a lawsuit against him over sexual misconduct, quoting the actress as saying, “He had only ever been nice to me.” The filing also used quotes from Meryl Streep as a defence.
A spokesperson for Weinstein issued a statement to ET Canada in response to criticism from both actresses.
“Mr. Weinstein has been informed that his civil counsel responded in court to a class action lawsuit which improperly sought to include all actresses who had previously worked with Mr. Weinstein, even where those actresses have made no claim of wrongdoing,” the statement read.
The statement continued: “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.”
“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,” the statement concluded.
Speaking to ET Canada, Lawrence fired at Weinstein for trying to use her as part of his defence.
“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. “This is what predators do, and it must stop.
“For the record, while I was not victimized 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.”
Meryl Streep, who was also quoted in Weinstein’s filing, responded yesterday, calling the strategy “pathetic and exploitative.”