Actress Meryl Streep has slammed former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein after he used her name in efforts to have a sexual harassment case against him dismissed.
The actress called out the movie mogul calling him “pathetic” after he used her name to try convince the courts to drop case of sexual harassment against him. Weinstein’s lawyers cited the fact that Streep “stated publicly that Weinstein had always been respectful to her in their working relationship” in an attempt to have the case thrown out.
In an interview with Deadline, Streep said: "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 that the actions he is accused of are his own responsibility adding: “[I]f 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 Florence Foster Jenkins star’s name was included in a 26-page document that accompanied a motion to have the suit brought against Weinstein by Katherine Kendall, Louisette Geiss, Zoe Brock, Melissa Sagemiller, Sarah Ann Masse and Nannette Klatt dismissed.
In the motion, brought on by lawyers representing the disgraced producer, they insisted that “these proposed class definitions are fatally overbroad as to be not ascertainable", and in the process used the names of Streep and Jennifer Lawrence as evidence.
Weinstein, a well-known Hollywood filmmaker, has been out of the public eye since he was hit by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct last October.
In the document submitted it 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.
"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."
Although the 68-year-old actress, who has worked with Weinstein on The Iron Lady, did publicly say the producer has been respectful to her, she also condemned his behaviour calling it “disgraceful”.
"The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” Streep said.
Streep called the women who called Weinstein out “heroes” but added that clarification on one matter was needed.
“Not everybody knew,” the Mamma Mia actress said, presumably in response to Rose McGowan’s accusation that Streep knew of Weinstein’s actions.
"Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally."