The Academy Award winner Meryl Streep opened up about the allegation of sexual harassment on Harvey Weinstein, she said that it is “disgraceful,” “inexcusable,” and an “abuse of power.” She said that actress and Weinstein’s former employees who have spoken about the abuse are the “heroes.”
In her exclusive statement sent to HuffPost by Leslee Dart, the longtime publicist of Streep says she was not aware that Weinstein with whom she had done several films like “God,” “The Iron Lady” and “August: Osage County” — was involving in “inappropriate, coercive acts.” She said that she did not know that he had even paid financial settlements to the eight women who accused Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment.
In her statement, Streep said, “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.”
Streep released her statement after four days of an explosive report in the New York Times that mentioned a detailed description of decades of allegations of harassment and assault.
Streep said, “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:”
The statement reads: “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.“
Mr. Weinstein has been suspended by the Weinstein Company’s four board members which also includes her brother. Weinstein brothers have 42% the f company and it is unclear that what will happen with their share.
“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,” he said.