Just days after a New York Times exposé revealed film producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexually harassing women in Hollywood, Meryl Streep is speaking out against him. The esteemed actress — who has worked with Harvey and his production company Miramax and The Weinstein Company on multiple projects — condemned his alleged behavior and she explained that she was unaware of his treatment of his female colleagues.
“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,” the 68-year-old said in a statement via her longtime publicist Leslee Dart, obtained by HuffPost. “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.”
Meryl Streep with Harvey Weinstein at the 2012 Australian Academy Of Cinema And Television Arts International Awards Ceremony.
The investigation found numerous claims against Harvey spanning nearly three decades, and he had allegedly made many sexual advances towards his female employees, as well as a handful of actresses like Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, with a promise of helping to boost their careers. Meryl — who worked with Harvey on films like August: Osage County and The Iron Lady — gave an insight into her own professional relationship with Harvey.
“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,” she continued. “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.”