Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, who once referred to Harvey Weinstein as "god" during an award acceptance speech, has finally spoken up against his sexual harassment acts.
Blame it on the heavy criticism being dished out towards Hollywood royalty for not condemning 'one of their own' or just plain conscience, Meryl issued a statement where she called Weinstein's sexual harassment acts “disgraceful,” “inexcusable,” and an “abuse of power.” She also referred to the women, who raised their voices and exposed the producer, as "heroes."
“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."
Meryl has been one of the many Hollywood stars who've faced backlash for not speaking up against Weinstein and his heinous acts. In her statement, she appears to defend herself and others by sharing that not "everybody knew" about the producer's sexual offences.
"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 offences: 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."
She added, "The behaviour 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.”
Weinstein was fired from his own company on October 8, following the publication of a New York Times report which accused him of sexually harassing female employees, actresses and journalists.
Directors of The Weinstein Company said "in light of new information about misconduct" his employment had been terminated "effective immediately".
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