Emotions are at an all-time high in Hollywood.
Oscar-winner Meryl Streep defended herself on Monday after Harvey Weinstein rape accuser Rose McGowan blasted her alleged cover-up of the disgraced producer’s misconduct.
In a statement to the Huffington Post, Streep refuted McGowan’s claims that she was deliberately silent about Weinstein’s alleged crimes.
“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 stated.
“I wasn’t deliberately silent,” she continued. “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.”
Steep denied having a close relationship with Weinstein.
“I don’t know where Harvey lives, nor has he ever been to my home.
“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.”
The actress called the Weinstein Company founder “God” during her acceptance speech for Best Actress at the 2012 Academy Awards.
But Streep maintained that her participation in films produced by Weinstein did not mean she worked with him directly.
“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,” Streep said. “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.”
She claimed Weinstein “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.”
Streep called McGowan’s critique “untrue” and said she made her home phone number available to the fellow actress but did not hear from her.
“I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry.”
Over the weekend, McGowan derided Streep and other actresses for their plan to protest sexual abuse in Hollywood by wearing black to the upcoming Golden Globe awards.
Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster [Weinstein], are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest,” McGowan wrote Saturday in a since-deleted tweet. “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly and affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.”
McGowan also criticized Streep in October for her comment that Weinstein’s alleged actions were a sign of “disrespect.”
“No, Meryl, IT’S A F***ING CRIME,” McGowan tweeted at the time. “You are such a lie.”