Meryl Streep issues lengthy statement on Harvey Weinstein

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Meryl Streep has finally broken her silence on longtime colleague Harvey Weinstein, four days after The New York Times broke the story of his extensive history of sexual harassment.

“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.

“The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”

Considered by many to be the preeminent actress in Hollywood, and having an extensive history working with Weinstein, Streep’s take on the scandal has been highly anticipated. She said she can’t make it more clear that not everybody knew about Weinstein’s dark side.

In the statement, first obtained by the Huffington Post Streep said: “One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew.”

She said from working with him, she knew he loved what he did and that he was always respectful to her.

“Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally,” said Streep.

“I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts.”

Streep said she refused to believe that if everyone knew about Weinstein’s conduct, the Hollywood media would refuse to write about it for so long.

She continued: “And If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.”

After Streep’s statement, more and more Hollywood actresses are coming out in support of Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, two of the women named in the Times piece spoke out against Weinstein. Weinstein has reached settlements with eight different women over the past several years, according to the Times. He has harassed models, as well as actresses.

“The ‘old dinosaur’ explanation doesn’t cut it. DECADES of using power to intimidate women for sexual gain is reprehensible and inexcusable,” wrote Emmy Rossum.

“I applaud all women for speaking up. It’s scary to be the first one to speak out against something or someone. But you’re not solo for long.”

Below are some tweets on the matter:

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