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Actress Meryl Streep issued a statement Monday blasting the “disgraceful” behavior of now-unemployed Hollywood super-producer Harvey Weinstein, and claimed “not everybody knew” about the decades of alleged sexual harassment claims that have been re-told about him this week.
“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” Streep said in a statement provided to HuffPost. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”
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Streep added [emphasis hers]:
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 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.
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Streep’s statement came four days after the New York Times published a now-infamous exposé of the movie mogul that found Weinstein had reached financial settlements with at least eight different women due to sexual harassment claims, including the actress Rose McGowan.
Actress Ashley Judd, who first worked with Weinstein on the 1997 film Kiss the Girls and told her own story of the producer’s alleged sexual misconduct in a hotel room that year, told the Times that...
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