"I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes"
Meryl Streep has responded after actress Rose McGowan described her involvement in a Harvey Weinstein protest as ‘hypocritical’.
Screen icon Streep was criticised over her symbolic plans to wear black to the Golden Globes – with McGowan claiming that Streep worked for the disgraced producer over several decades.
“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 change. I despise your hypocrisy”, McGowan wrote in a since deleted tweet.
She also suggested that the actresses should “all wear Marchesa”, referring to the fashion line founded by Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman.
Streep has now responded for the first time, and insisted that she was never aware of Weinstein’s alleged sexual offences – including raping McGowan.
“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”, Streep confirmed in a statement released yesterday.
“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. I don’t know where Harvey lives, nor has he ever been to my home.”
She added: “I have never in my life been invited to his hotel room.I have been to his office once, for a meeting with Wes Craven for “Music of the Heart” in 1998. HW distributed movies I made with other people. HW was not a filmmaker; he was often a producer, primarily a marketer of films made by other people- some of them great, some not great.
“But not every actor, actress, and director who made films that HW distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in the 90s, other women before and others after, until they told us. We did not know that women’s silence was purchased by him and his enablers.
“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.
“He needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn’t know. Apparently he hired ex Mossad operators to protect this information from becoming public. Rose and the scores of other victims of these powerful, moneyed, ruthless men face an adversary for whom Winning, at any and all costs, is the only acceptable outcome. That’s why a legal defense fund for victims is currently being assembled to which hundreds of good hearted people in our business will contribute, to bring down the bastards, and help victims fight this scourge within.
“Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth. Through friends who know her, I got my home phone number to her the minute I read the headlines. I sat by that phone all day yesterday and this morning, hoping to express both my deep respect for her and others’ bravery in exposing the monsters among us, and my sympathy for the untold, ongoing pain she suffers.
“No one can bring back what entitled bosses like Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and HW took from the women who endured attacks on their bodies and their ability to make a living.. And I hoped that she would give me a hearing. She did not, but I hope she reads this.”
Yesterday, it was also confirmed that the BBC have commissioned a feature-length documentary into Weinstein’s fall from grace, featuring contributions from McGowan and a wide selection of Weinstein’s other alleged victims.