Meryl Streep became the first A-list friend and collaborator of Harvey Weinstein to speak out against the film mogul, calling his alleged sexual misconduct with actresses and employees “inexcusable” but asserting that “not everybody knew” that any of this was going on.
Meryl Streep, Harvey Weinstein and Margo Martindale promoting their film “August: Osage County” in 2014. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
The three-time Academy Award winner, feminist and philanthropist also praised the women who came forward to tell their stories to The New York Times about allegedly being sexually harassed or otherwise mistreated by Weinstein — whom Streep once hailed as “God” in an Oscar acceptance speech.
“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” said Streep in a statement to Huffington Post. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”
The actress continued, “One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally.”
Streep further clarified that she didn’t know about financial settlements Weinstein made with actresses and colleagues that were documented in the Times story.
“I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts,” she said.
By speaking out against Weinstein, Streep is taking the lead in an industry that has been disturbingly silent about the Weinstein crisis. Perhaps that will change, especially after Weinstein’s own film company The Weinstein Company fired him on Sunday.
But since The New York Times published its explosive report Thursday, detailing the allegations, many leading figures in the media and in politics have refused to comment or to issue statements regarding the controversy.
Weinstein was a prominent donor to Democratic candidates, like Hillary Clinton, and to liberal causes. He also was a frequent guest at the White Houses of former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Neither the Clintons nor the Obamas have addressed the allegations against a man that Barack Obama called a good friend in 2013 and Michelle Obama praised as a “good person.”
However, some leading Democratic lawmakers who received donations from Weinstein, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, have pledged to donate that money to other causes.
Late-night hosts, including Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, steered clear of the scandal …
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