Meryl Streep has been targeted by street artists, with posters reading “She knew” popping up in Los Angeles.
The actor has been accused of keeping quiet over accusations of rape and sexual misconduct made against Harvey Weinstein. Some, including Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan, have claimed she was aware of the Hollywood producer’s alleged crimes, to which the posters refer.
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the images – which are a take on artist Barbara Kruger’s signature work – appeared near Streep’s Pasadena home, by the SAF-AFTRA building in Wilshire, and opposite the 20th Century Fox studio lot.
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Streep responded to McGowan’s accusations earlier this week, 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,” she added. “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.