In a statement to The Blast, a spokesperson for Weinstein says, “Mr. Weinstein acknowledges the valuable input both Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have contributed to this conversation and apologizes.”
The statement adds, “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,” the statement continues, “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.”
As The Blast first reported, Weinstein made reference to the fact Lawrence once said she had known Weinstein since she was 20 years old, and that “he had only ever been nice to me.”
Lawrence responded by saying, “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.”
Streep, who was also name-dropped by Weinstein in his defense, also trashed the producer in response to his comments about her.