In the days since The New York Times published its investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, several celebrities have come forward with their reactions to the news. And the latest public figure to speak up is actress Meryl Streep, who issued a statement calling Weinstein’s behavior “inexcusable,” and further stated that she “did not know” about the misconduct and abuses going on in the company.
Streep spoke out against Weinstein in a statement to HuffPost, joining women like Brie Larson, Rose McGowan, and Lena Dunham in responding to the story that broke on Oct. 5th. And we’re so glad that Streep has addressed these allegations against her longtime collaborator.
She continued, “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.”
In the days following the reports, Weinstein was fired from his eponymous company, after multiple women came forward to reveal they had been sexually abused by him. Streep has worked with Weinstein several times, on films including August: Osage County and The Iron Lady.
It’s so important that a woman as influential as Streep has spoken out and condemned Weinstein. Many women in the industry may have been too afraid to speak up for fear they may never work again, and Streep is using her position of power and privilege to give a voice to those women, as well as perhaps (and hopefully) make it easier for others to come forward without fear of professional repercussions.
As Streep said, “The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar.” However, we know that the brave women who came forward — and continue to come forward — will help to make these stories a thing of the past.