Meryl Streep has officially responded to the comments Rose McGowan made over the weekend.
Rose McGowan “attacked” (to use Meryl Streep’s words) the actress on Twitter, as she accused her of knowing about the allegations against Harvey Weinstein yet still continued to work with him.
She also called out Meryl Streep and the other actresses wearing black at the Golden Globes as a sign of solidarity in her Tweet, which has now been deleted…
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem,” the Tweet began.
“You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa. [Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman’s fashion brand]”
Meryl Streep has since issued a statement to Huffington Post, adamant that she had no idea about the sexual assault allegations, including the allegations that he raped Rose 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,” the statement began.
“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.
Meryl Streep then went on to say that as the disgraced producer needed her more than he needed him, he and his team made sure that she had no knowledge of his alleged assaults…
“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.”
And according to Meryl’s statement, she has tried to reach out to Rose McGowan privately to discuss the situation…
“Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth,” Meryl continued.
“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.
“I hoped that she would give me a hearing. She did not, but I hope she reads this.”
“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.”
We think that’s pretty classy of Meryl Streep.