Meryl Streep tells Rose McGowan: "I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes"
Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise. © 2017 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION AND STORYTELLER DISTRIBUTION CO. LLC.(LOS ANGELES) — Meryl Streep responded on Monday to a critical tweet from Rose McGowan in which the Charmed actress accused the Oscar winner of staying silent about alleged crimes committed by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
In a statement provided to The Huffington Post and confirmed by ABC News, Streep admitted that while McGowan’s criticism stung, she wanted her to know that she did not know about the allegations that have come to light about Weinstein over the past few months.
The Post star Streep also noted that she’s asked friends of McGowan to put them in touch, but she has yet to hear back from the actress.
“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 the statement.
“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,” Streep continued.
“That’s where the cover-ups convene. Those rooms must be disinfected, and integrated, before anything even begins to change.”
McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, tweeted Saturday in light of a People magazine report that actresses planned to wear black to the Golden Globes on January 8 to protest sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. She has since deleted the tweet.
Though Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex in several statements obtained by ABC News, The New York Times has reported that McGowan and Weinstein reached an undisclosed settlement in 1997 after an alleged incident in a hotel room.
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