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Meryl Streep defends herself against Rose McGowan criticism

From BBC - December 19, 2017

Actress Meryl Streep has defended herself against criticism from Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan.

McGowan, who accused Weinstein of rape, tweeted her disdain at plans for stars to wear black to the Golden Globes in protest against sexual misconduct.

"Actresses like Meryl Streep... YOUR SILENCE is THE problem," actress McGowan wrote in the now deleted tweet.

But Streep said she "did not know" about Weinstein's behaviour. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

McGowan's tweet in full said: "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 fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa."

Marchesa is the fashion line that the movie producer started with his wife Georgina Chapman, who left him in October when the allegations emerged.

In Streep's statement, given to the Huffington Post, the Oscar winner said she was "hurt" to be "attacked" by McGowan and said she "did not know" about Weinstein's alleged abuse.

She said: "I have never in my life been invited to his hotel room."

Streep added: "He needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I did not know....

"Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth," she wrote, adding that she had passed on her phone number to McGowan through friends after seeing the tweet.

"I sat by the phone all day," she wrote, adding: "I hoped that she would give me a hearing. She did not, but I hope she reads this.

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