Meryl Streep Speaks Out On Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Claims


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“The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar,” she said. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”

Meryl Streep has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein, praising the women who have shared their stories of the Hollywood producer’s alleged sexual harassment as “heroes.”

Since the publication of The New York Times’ report — detailing decades of allegations of Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse, some of which resulted in paid settlements — many have called his behavior an industry secret that was widely known but never reported on the record. But the actress — who previously collaborated with Weinstein on films like August: Osage County and The Iron Lady, the latter for which she won an Oscar — stated to HuffPost that she was unaware of the producer’s “inappropriate, coercive acts,” and called them “disgraceful,” “inexcusable,” and an “abuse of power.”

“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes,” she said.

“One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew,” she continued. “Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.”

“The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar,” Streep concluded. “Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”

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Written by hollywoodreporter.com


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