Meryl Streep wrote a statement Monday after the actress and victim of Harvey Weinstein, Rose McGowan, accused Streep of "hypocrisy" and "happily" working with the producer in disgrace.
Streep was among the actresses who planned to wear black dresses for the next Golden Globes to protest gender inequality in Hollywood, where powerful men like Weinstein were able to allegedly perpetrate dozens of sexual attacks without consequences.
According to the Hollywood Reporter McGowan responded to the protest in a since … tweet erased, "Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest YOUR SILENCE is the problem You will accept a false prize without breath and it will not affect any real change Your hypocrisy Maybe you should dress Marchesa. ("The Pig Monster" refers to Weinstein, while Marchesa is a fashion label co-founded by Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman.)
On Monday, Streep issued a long statement in response to McGowan's tweets where he downplayed the multi-Oscar winner's connection to Weinstein and admitted that she, like many others in Hollywood, was not aware of the severity of Weinstein's actions.
"It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know that I did not know about Weinstein's crimes, nor in the 90s when she attacked her, nor in the following decades when she proceeded to attack others, "wrote Streep. "I was not deliberately silent, I did not know, I did not tacitly approve of the rape, I did not know, I do not like young women being attacked, I did not know this was happening"  Streep said he met Weinstein only once in 1998, but had no association with "HW" other than the producer who distributed the films in which he acted.
"HW distributed films I made with other people," admitted Streep. "HW was not a filmmaker, he was often a producer, mainly a seller of films made by other people, some excellent, others not great, but not all the actors, actresses and directors who made films that HW distributed knew they had abused them" . women, or who raped Rose in the 90s, other women before and others later, until they told us. We did not know that the silence of the women was bought by him and his facilitators. "
Streep wrote that he contacted McGowan to discuss the" false "tweet as well as" my deep respect for her and others' bravery. expose the monsters among us. "" I expected her to give me an audience. He did not, but I hope he reads this, "Streep said of McGowan.
Streep added:" I really regret that she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, along with all the women in our business, challenging the same enemy. implacable: a status quo that wants to return to the bad old times, the old ways in which women were used, mistreated and denied entry into the decision. doing, the highest levels in the industry. That's where the cover-ups come together. Those rooms must be disinfected and integrated before anything even begins to change. "
Read Streep's full statement below:
" It hurts me to be attacked by Rose McGowan in headlines this weekend, but I want to let you know that he did not know about Weinstein's crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or in the following decades when he proceeded to attack others.  I was not deliberately silent. I did not know, I did not know it. I did not tacitly approve of the violation. I did not do it. I know I do not like young women being attacked. I did not know this was happening.
I do not know where Harvey lives, nor has he been in my house.
Never in my life have I been invited to your hotel room.
I have been in his office once, for a meeting with Wes Craven for Music of the Heart in 1998.
HW distributed films I made with other people.
HW was not a filmmaker; He was often a producer, mainly a seller of films made by other people, some of them great, others not great. But not all the actors, actresses and directors who made the films that HW distributed knew that they had abused women, or that they raped Rose in the 90s, other women before and others after, until they told us. We did not know that the silence of the women was bought by him and his habilitadores.
HW needed us not to know this, because our association with him brought him credibility, an ability to attract young, ambitious women to circumstances in which they would feel hurt. .
He needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure that I did not know it. Apparently, he hired former Mossad operators to prevent this information from being made public. Rose and the dozens of other victims of these powerful, wealthy and ruthless men face an adversary for whom Winning, at any price, is the only acceptable result. That is why a legal defense fund for victims is currently being brought together by hundreds of good-hearted people in our business, to bring down the bastards and help the victims fight this scourge.
Rose assumed and transmitted something false about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth. Through friends who know her, I received my home phone number at the time I read the headlines. I sat next to that phone all day yesterday and this morning, hoping to express so much my deep respect for his bravery and that of others by exposing the monsters among us, and my sympathy for the incalculable and continuous pain that she suffers. No one can return what the titled bosses like Bill O & # 39; Reilly, Roger Ailes and HW took from the women who endured attacks on their bodies and their ability to make a living … And I expected her to make an audience for me. He did not, but I hope he reads this.
I really regret that she sees me as an adversary, because both of us, along with all the women in our business, challenge the same implacable enemy: a state that is so keen to return to the bad old days, the old ways in which women were used, mistreated and denied access to decision making, the highest levels of the industry. That's where the cover-ups come together. Those rooms must be disinfected and integrated before something starts to change. "