AceShowbiz - In his defense on rape accusation, Harvey Weinstein's attorneys put Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence's statements into account. Streep once declared that Weinstein was not sexually transgressive or physically abusive in their business relationship. Citing the veteran actress, the lawyers said, "Such women would include, presumably, Jennifer Lawrence who had known the producer since she was 20 and said that he had only ever been nice to her and Meryl Streep whom the producer has always been respectful to."
Not pleased that her name was brought into Weinstein's defense, Streep said in a statement to Deadline, "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 exploitative."
J.Law also criticized the former Hollywood movie executive, "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. This is what predators do, and it must stop." "The Hunger Games" actress added that she was not victimized personally by Weinstein, but she stood behind the women who have survived his terrible abuse and applauded the victims who had used all means to bring the disgraced movie mogul to justice.
After using those actresses' statements to deny accusation and learning of their complaint, his spokesperson released a statement on Thursday, February 22 which read, "Mr. Weinstein acknowledges the valuable input both Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have contributed to this conversation and apologizes."
"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 continued to read.
"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."
Previously, in response to Weinstein's sexual abuse scandal, Streep said, "Not every actor, actress, and director who made films that HW distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in '90s, other women before and others after, until they told us." She added that his crimes on those women were his responsibility, and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them.