Harvey Weinstein Apologizes to Jennifer Lawrence After She Says He’s a Predator
Six actresses who were allegedly victimized by Harvey Weinstein recently filed a class action lawsuit against him and he responded by filing his own docs attempting to dismiss their claims by saying actors such as Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Gwyneth Paltrow have spoken “glowingly” about him in the past.
“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,'” the 65-year-old’s lawyer said, according to The Blast.
“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,” the Red Sparrow actress fired back. “This is what predators do, and it must stop.”
She continued, “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.”
The disgraced movie producer has since issued a statement saying that his legal counsel “improperly sought to include all actresses who had previously worked with” him in the class action lawsuit, which is something they never should’ve done. He also apologized for mentioning J.Law and Meryl’s names and “his counsel [will] not include specific names of former associates” in the future. Here’s the full statement via his lawyers:
“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.
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.”