Meryl Streep slams Weinstein for naming her in lawsuit


Weinstein's filing also included mentions of Jennifer Lawrence and Gwyneth Paltrow, who have said they felt "petrified" and "sick" about Weinstein, respectively, since allegations about him surfaced.

Weinstein's lawyers had cited comments made by Streep and Jennifer Lawrence while trying to get the proposed class-action lawsuit - filed by six women - dropped.

In a 26-page memorandum of law accompanying yesterday's motion of dismissal, lawyers from Los Angeles' Kupferstein Manuel LLP and New York City's Morrison Cohen LLP wrote "these proposed class definitions are fatally overbroad as to be not ascertainable".

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The 68-year-old actress - who worked with Weinstein on The Iron Lady - did publicly say the producer had been "respectful" towards her, but she also condemned the "disgraceful" behaviour he was accused of.

Weinstein's documents point out an interview by Lawrence in which she said, "Just speaking for myself, I had known him since I was 20, and he had only ever been nice to me-except for the moments that he wasn't, and then I called him an a-hole, and we moved on".

"The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility", Streep said in her statement, "and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them".

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"They would include women who may have briefly met Weinstein but had no discernable [sic] communication with him except to say 'hello, '" they claim.

On the same day that now-disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein used her in defense of himself in a sexual misconduct lawsuit, Meryl Streep has released a fiery statement condemning him for dragging her name into the muck. "For example, Gwyneth Paltrow was allegedly harassed during the filming of Emma in 1994, which allegedly caused her to fear the prospect of being fired", the memo reads in a footnote. "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".

Elizabeth Fegen, the attorney working on behalf of the six actresses who filed the lawsuit said that "Weinstein and his enablers should be held responsible for decades of assaults and cover-ups".

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