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Meryl Streep Says She ‘Wasn’t Deliberately Silent’ About Harvey Weinstein’s Sexual Misconduct

Responding to actress/activist Rose McGowan’s comment on how Meryl Streep has been silent about top Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the veteran actress said that she wasn’t ‘deliberately silent’, she actually had no idea about his sexual misconducts.


“It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others. I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening,” Streep said in a statement to the Huffington Post.

A few days back, when the news of actresses like Streep, Jessica Chastain, and Emma Stone wearing black at the Golden Globes as a form of protest was out, McGowan lashed out at Streep calling her silence ‘golden’. She has since deleted the tweet.

Streep, in her statement, added that she had been trying to get in touch with McGowan to express her admiration and give her side of the story, but to no avail.

Her statement added that it eventually boils down to the women as a collective ‘ standing in defiance of the same implacable foe’.


“I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry. That’s where the cover-ups convene. Those rooms must be disinfected, and integrated, before anything even begins to change,” she said.



Feature Image Credits: Los Angeles Times