Meryl Streep who was slammed by her fellow actress Rose McGowan for “happily working with the pig monster (Weinstein, who allegedly raped McGowan),” released a statement to ET on Monday in which the actress expressed her disappointment over McGowan’s ‘shaming’ and ‘taunting’ comment.
Streep said that she was “hurt to be attacked by” McGowan and added that she didn’t know anything about the now-disgraced producer’s bad reputation in Hollywood.
“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,” she said. “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 her statement, “Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth.”
“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.”
She said, “And, I hoped that she would give me a hearing.” She continued, “She did not, but I hope she reads this. 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. That’s where the cover-ups convene. Those rooms must be disinfected, and integrated, before anything even begins to change.”
After Streep responded to McGowan tweet, McGowan again took her twitter but this time wrote an apology note at Weinstein’s estranged wife’s fashion line, Marchesa. However, she didn’t mention Streep’s name in her latest tweet but she deleted her recent tweet in which she mentioned the Oscar Winner.
The Marchesa line was beneath me and I’m sorry for that. Seeing that picture of Alyssa Milano with GC has ignited something in me that I can’t quite articulate. There is no map for this road I’m on, I will fuck up. Peace be with you, go with Goddess.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 18, 2017
McGowan has been a leading voice in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, she is among those over 50 women who have accused the now-disgraced former film mogul, Weinstein of sexual misconduct.