Cher defends Meryl Streep in wake of ‘She knew’ allegations

Cher calls the actress a "woman of honor".

Cher has defended Meryl Streep following accusations that the actress “knew about” Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct.

Last week, posters showing Streep and Weinstein together with the words “she knew” written over the actress’s eyes appeared near her Pasadena home. Meanwhile, Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan has claimed Streep was aware of the Hollywood producer’s alleged crimes.

Cher, who co-starred opposite Streep in the 1983 film Silkwood, and will also appear alongside her in next year’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, has now shared her thoughts on the controversy.


Writing on Twitter, Cher shared a story of a time when Streep “risked her life” to save a woman who was being attacked by a man. Cher called Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor of all-time, “a woman of honor”.

Streep responded to Rose McGowan’s accusations earlier this month, claiming she “wasn’t deliberately silent”.

“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,” Streep said. “I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know.”

Weinstein has been at the centre of a criminal investigation since late October, after an extensive outpouring of allegations including rape and sexual assault from women in both America and the UK. He “unequivocally denies” any allegations of non-consensual sex.

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