The now disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein used the names of some A-listed actresses in attempt to show that not every actress who had worked with him had a bad experience.
Weinstein’s attorney used these actresses’ names as examples of females who supported the producer or continued to work with Weinstein despite dozens of women have been accused him of sexual harassment and assault, in a new lawsuit obtained by The Blast.
The new legal filing comes in response to a class action lawsuit which was previously filed by six actresses, claiming that the former movie mogul along with his namesake company The Weinstein Company, used his powers in a wrong manner to harass and bully women, and to cover up his alleged sexual advances and misconduct.
Weinstein’s lawsuit said, “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 lawsuit mentioned the name of Steep, who, the producer’s lawyers said, “stated publicly that Weinstein had always been respectful to her in their working relationship.”
As for Paltrow, the documents point out the she “went on to star in another Weinstein production — Shakespeare In Love, and even won an Oscar for her role.”
The documents go on to add, “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.”
The Red Sparrow star did say that the producer’s behavior was “paternal” towards her. Lawrence also said in the very same interview, “I didn’t know that he was a rapist. And it’s so widespread, the abuse, from so many different people — it’s directors, it’s producers — that I think everybody needed to [process it]. Everybody needs to deal with this in their own way; everybody needs to heal.”