Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep have been outraged by Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers who mentioned their names when defending the film producer.
Weinstein's lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss a class action suit brought by a string of women against the Hollywood mogul. A memorandum filed in support of the motion - which can be read here - says the definitions of the action are too broad, as 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.
“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.”
Lawrence told TMZ Weinstein and his company are doing what they've 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. For the record, while I was not victimised personally by Harvey Weinstein, I stand behind the women who have survived his terrible abuse."
Lawrence added she applauds the women "in using all means necessary to bring him to justice" either through civil or criminal actions.
Yesterday (February 21) Streep told Deadline the use of her statement saying that he was "not sexually transgressive or physically abusive in our business relationship" as evidence that is pathetic and exploitive."
“The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility" and if there is justice "he will pay for them."
The two actresses have also published further comments about Weinstein which weren't included by lawyers, for example Lawrence stating "We all knew he was a dog, we knew that he was a…tough guy, a brute, a tough guy to negotiate with. I didn’t know that he was a rapist.”
Weinstein has denied the allegations by those bringing the case forward. A representative for the film producer has refused to comment on Streep and Lawrence's anger.