Meryl Streep says she had no idea shamed Hollywood filmmaker Harvey Weinstein abused female actors for several decades.
The 68-year-old’s comments came in the wake of her own initial silence following the allegations made against media mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Streep said when she found out about Weinstein, she had to go “deep into my life,” and take time to reflect on the accusations.
Se said: “I really had to think because it really underlined my own sense of cluelessness, and also how evil, deeply evil, and duplicitous, a person he was, yet such a champion of really great work.
The academy award-winning actress said she “wasn’t deliberately silent” following the accusations made against Weinstein.
She said: “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,” adding that she thought “he was having girlfriends”.
In her 2012 Golden Globe Awards acceptance speech for her role in ‘The Iron Lady’ Streep famously referred to Weinstein as “God”.
Streep also criticised Melania and Ivanka Trump for keeping quiet following a wave of sexual assault allegations against men in various industries in the US.
The revered actress queried the first lady and daughter in a New York Times interview.
She said: “I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump. I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.”
The actress is among the ‘Time’s Up’ movement, a coalition working to combat harassment in the workplace “across all industries”.
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