Harvey Weinstein is pulling out all the stops to defend himself, and is now claiming three of the top women in Hollywood have not only supported him, but claims one even continued to work with him after his “alleged advances,” and even won an Academy Award because of him.
Weinstein just responded to the class action lawsuit filed against him and The Weinstein Company, and straight out says that there’s no way he could have used his power to ruin women’s careers because “Gwyneth Paltrow was allegedly harassed during the filming of Emma in 1994 … Yet, Paltrow went on to star in another Weinstein production — Shakespeare In Love,” and even won an Oscar for her role. He says “Paltrow was not so offended that she refused to work with Weinstein again, nor did her career suffer as a result of her rebuffing his alleged advances.”
The disgraced producer also uses Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep in his defense, claiming J Law told Oprah she had known Weinstein since she was 20 years old, and that “he had only ever been nice to me.” He says Meryl Streep even stated publicly that “Weinstein had always been respectful to her in their working relationship.”
Weinstein’s attorney makes the argument that many of the alleged incidents in the lawsuit occurred after the statute of limitations had expired. The documents also state that many of the accusations by the women, including kissing, hugging, being “chased” around an apartment or even “being asked to watch someone masturbate” do not constitute as sex acts. They graphically lay out that the term for “sexual contact” must meet the requirements of a penis coming into contact with an “anus,” “mouth” or “vulva,” and claim that none of those happened with any of Weinstein’s accusers.
He wants the case dismissed. As we previously reported, TWC has also responded to the class action, and puts the blame squarely and solely on Harvey.