Harvey Weinstein is now walking back the things his legal team said about Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence in their attempt to block a class action lawsuit from happening. Both Meryl and Jennifer were extremely pissed that Harvey’s attorneys would use them of examples of women who worked with Harvey and didn’t get harassed or assaulted. Public statements were released, and they were essentially formal PR ways of saying “Keep my name out of your mouth.” Harvey’s team also dragged Gwyneth Paltrow into it, but she hasn’t responded to him. It was a low move, and that’s saying something, considering that I’m pretty sure Harvey’s team is working in the foundation under the sub-basement of good taste at this point.
Vulture says a spokesperson for Harvey released the following statement for him.
“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.
Mr. Weinstein acknowledges the valuable input both Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have contributed to this conversation and apologizes. Once again, 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.”
Even though I fully believe that Harvey informed his legal team of this information while winking or making air quotes, the point here is that Harvey doesn’t want his team to name anyone specific anymore. It’s a decision that would have actually meant something had it been made months ago, but I digress. Still, it’s probably a good move to stop dragging other famous people into this mess. After all, damage control statements like the one above probably don’t come cheap, and that kind of expense is hard to explain when you’re trying to play child support poor.