Meryl Streep has responded to Rose McGowan’s criticism suggesting that she is complicit in Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandal because she worked with Harvey Weinstein, and that Streep and other actresses’ plan to wear black to the Golden Globes to protest harassment is hypocritical.
“I am truly sorry [McGowan] 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,” Streep said Monday in a statement provided to EW. She also stressed that she did not know about Weinstein’s alleged misconduct in the past.
In a tweet posted Saturday and since deleted, McGowan wrote, “Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real chance. I despise your hypocrisy.”
In Streep’s statement Monday, she said she provided her phone number to McGowan through friends but didn’t hear from her. Streep also asserted that she was never “deliberately silent,” and was unaware of any wrongdoing on Weinstein’s part. (Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.) Streep said she has never been to Weinstein’s home or hotel room and noted that many of the films she made with him were projects she worked on with other people that were then distributed by Weinstein and his film company.
At the end of her statement, Streep addressed the issue more broadly and spoke directly to McGowan, writing, “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.”
Read Streep’s full statement, which was first reported by HuffPo, below: