Days after getting called out by Rose McGowan for apparently feigning ignorance regarding Harvey Weinstein, Meryl Streep again insisted she had no inkling of his alleged misconduct.
“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,” Streep said in a lengthy statement to HuffPost.
McGowan on Saturday called Streep a hypocrite and implied that she had willingly worked with Weinstein despite knowing about his predatory behavior.
“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 chance. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa,” the actress wrote in a since-deleted tweet, referring to the fashion label run by Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman.
Streep once jokingly referred to him as “god” during a Golden Globes acceptance speech.
Streep’s statement continued as she explained that she believes Weinstein purposely kept her in the dark because her success was imperative to his own.
She also claimed that he took it upon himself to personally ensure she did not find out about his predatory behavior.
“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,” she wrote.
Streep also addressed McGowan specifically, and said that she’d passed along her phone number to the actress in the hopes that she’d call so Streep could defend herself and commend McGowan for her bravery.
“Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth,” she wrote. “I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together will all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe.”
Streep has appeared in a number of Weinstein-backed films, including 2011’s “The Iron Lady.” When she won the Golden Globe for her role in the film, Streep jokingly called Weinstein “god” in her acceptance speech.
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This weekend wasn’t the first time McGowan has lashed out at Streep — earlier this month, she called her out on Twitter for describing Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct as “the most gargantuan example of disrespect.”
“No, Meryl, IT’S A F—ING CRIME,” she wrote. “You are such a lie.”
When the allegations against Weinstein first broke, Streep said she was “appalled” and denied having any knowledge of his alleged misconduct.