Actress Meryl Streep is on the defensive after getting called out by fellow actress-turned-activist Rose McGowan for allegedly staying mum about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misdeeds, insisting in a lengthy statement: ‘I didn’t know.’
McGowan took to Twitter over the weekend to blast Streep in a since-deleted tweet: “Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real chance. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”
In a statement made through her publicist to HuffPost, Streep distanced herself from Weinstein and explained how detached he was from her acting career.
“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,” she said.
“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 went on to claim that she did not socialize with Weinstein and only had limited involvement with him in a professional sense. She also characterized Weinstein as someone who only got involved in the marketing side of filmmaking.
“HW needed us not to know this, because our association with him bought him credibility, an ability to lure young, aspiring women into circumstances where they would be hurt,” Streep charged.
On McGowan, Streep said that she transmitted her home phone number to her so that she could apologize directly.
“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,” Streep concluded.