The 68-year-old actress Meryl Streep responded to the lawsuit filed by now disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein’s attorney in an attempt to prove that not every actress who worked with him had a bad experience.
Weinstein’s used some A-listed actresses’ names including, Steep, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Lawrence as examples of women who continued to work and supported the former movie mogul, despite he has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women.
The actress who earned one of her Oscars for her work in The Iron Lady, just like the British Prime Minister, told Deadline today in response to Weinstein’s new legal filing, “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 exploitive.”
Steep went on to say, “The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility, and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them — regardless of how many good movies, made by many good people, Harvey was lucky enough to have acquired or financed.”
The 26-page memorandum of law filed yesterday said, “As drafted, they would include all women who ever met with Weinstein, regardless of whether they claimed to have suffered any identifiable harm as a result of that meeting.” The memo 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,’ and Meryl Streep, who stated publicly that Weinstein had always been respectful to her in their working relationship.”
Streep cleared the air and expressed that she did not think that was respectful at all, she put it politely.