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Harvey Weinstein Apologizes for Using Meryl Streep & Jennifer Lawrence's Names in Lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein is apologizing for using statements made by Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence in his defense in a sexual misconduct class action suit.

The producer issued a statement on Wednesday (February 22).

Mr. Weinstein acknowledges the valuable input both Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have contributed to this conversation and apologizes. 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,” his reps said.

Both Meryl and Jennifer issued strong statements denouncing the usage of their names.

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.”

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Jennifer Lawrence Fires Back at Harvey Weinstein: 'This Is What Predators Do'

Jennifer Lawrence is putting Harvey Weinstein on blast after he used named her in a lawsuit.

If you don’t know, the disgraced producer used one of Jennifer‘s past statements about her overall interactions with him to suggest he was not abusive.

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,” Jennifer told TMZ. “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.”

Meryl Streep‘s name was also used by Weinstein, and she responded similarly.

Meryl Streep Speaks Out After Harvey Weinstein Uses Her Name in Lawsuit

Meryl Streep is not happy that Harvey Weinstein‘s attorneys used her name in a lawsuit.

The Florence Foster Jenkins actress is speaking out after Harvey‘s team used one of her past statements in order to suggest that he was not abusive.

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,” she said in a statement to Deadline on Wednesday (February 21).

“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.”

In his motion filed on Tuesday (February 20) to dismiss the RICO Act-citing federal suit from 2017 made by Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Masse, Melissa Sagemiller and Nannette Klatt, Harvey‘s lawyers referenced Meryl because she “stated publicly that Weinstein had always been respectful to her in their working relationship.”

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Harvey Weinstein Responds to New York Attorney General's Lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein is speaking out following the New York Attorney General’s office filing a civil rights lawsuit against The Weinstein Company and its founders.

The film producer issued a statement, via attorney Ben Brafman, following the news on Sunday (February 11).

“While Mr. Weinstein‘s behavior was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality, and at the end of the inquiry it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other industry leader and there was zero discrimination at either Miramax or TWC,” the statement reads.

“If the purpose of the inquiry is to encourage reform throughout the film industry, Mr. Weinstein will embrace the investigation. If the purpose however is to scapegoat Mr. Weinstein, he will vigorously defend himself.”

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The New York Attorney General's Office Is Suing The Weinstein Company

The New York Attorney General’s office has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein‘s company and its founders.

In the 38-page complaint filed against The Weinstein Company are descriptions of various abuses carried out by the former co-founder and co-CEO.

The suit details a company culture that regularly violated state human rights laws and business regulations, according to Variety.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began an investigation of the company, including an “exhaustive review of company records and emails,” following the many reports of sexual misconduct that came out against Harvey since the first explosive reports by The New York Times and the New Yorker.

The company is accused of violating gender discrimination laws.

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