Oscar winner Meryl Streep said that the alleged sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was “disgraceful,” “inexcusable,” and an “abuse of power.”
Streep, who has worked with Weinstein on films such as August: Osage County and The Iron Lady, joins a list of actresses to condemn Weinstein, following Lena Dunham, Brie Larson, Rose McGowan, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and Amber Tamblyn. The legendary actress issued a statement saying, “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’s statement comes days after a detailed report in the New York Times that shed light to almost 30 years of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. On Sunday, the board of directors of the Weinstein Company fired him citing “new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days.”
In a statement released last week, Weinstein’s attorney, Charles J. Harder, said the report by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey is “saturated with false and defamatory statements.”
Since the New York Times article was published, British reporter Lauren Sivan also came forward with her own testimony and said that Weinstein had cornered her at a restaurant closed to the public and masturbated in front of her.
Here’s Streep’s full statement:
“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.”