It’s safe to say that Meryl Streep has come out of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal quite badly.
Keen to clear her name and set the record straight. the actress has spoken out in a brand new interview with The New York Times, although we’re not convinced she has saved her reputation. Read on to see what we mean…
Meryl Streep addresses the people who accused her of staying silent despite allegedly knowing about the disgraced film producer’s actions – something the Oscar winning actress vehemently denies.
“In terms of Harvey, I really didn’t know,” she said in the brand new New York Times interview.
“I did think he was having girlfriends. But when I heard rumours about actresses, I thought that that was a way of denigrating the actress and her ability to get the job. That really raised my hackles.
“I didn’t know that he was in any way abusing people. He never asked me to a hotel room.
“I don’t know how his life was conducted without people intimately knowing about it.”
Meryl Streep also added that not having Twitter or Facebook worked against her when the initial scandal came out, as people expected her to respond immediately…
“I found out about this on a Friday and went home deep into my own life,” she added.
“And then somebody told me that on Morning Joe they were screaming that I haven’t responded yet. I don’t have a Twitter thing or–handle, whatever. And I don’t have Facebook.
“I really had to think. Because it really underlined my own sense of cluelessness, and also how evil, deeply evil, and duplicitous, a person he was, yet such a champion of really great work.”
So far, so good. However, the interview concluded in a way which might ruffle a few feathers, as it referenced the critics – one of whom was Rose McGowan – who accused her of remaining silent to benefit her career. It also brought new names into the equation, which is where things might start getting a bit controversial…
“I don’t want to hear about the silence of me,” she said.
“I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump. I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.”
Hmm… interesting. We have a feeling that her latest comments, in particular the ones about the First Lady and the First Daughter, are going to come under fire.
Watch this space!