“The behaviour is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar,” Streep said in a statement obtained by HuffPost.
Meryl Streep has released a statement condemning film executive Harvey Weinstein after a New York Times article alleged he has been sexually harassing women for decades, much of which he denies as "patently false".
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In a statement obtained by HuffPost, Streep called the news "disgraceful" and insisted she never knew about the alleged incidents.
Streep has worked with Weinstein on films such as The Giver and August: Osage County.
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She also said the women who "raised their voices to expose this abuse" – including actors Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan – are "our heroes".
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"The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar," the statement reads. "Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game."
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The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.
One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. 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. 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.
The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.