Meryl Streep Breaks Silence On Harvey Weinstein Scandal, Calls Women Speaking Out 'Our Heroes'

"Each brave voice that is raised, heard, and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game."

Just days after a bombshell report from The New York Times accusing Harvey Weinstein of decades of sexual misconduct — which included statements from Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, and others — we have seen women supporting each other. Meryl Streep, who starred in some of Weinstein's biggest films throughout the years, has now added her voice to the cause and said that she considers those speaking out "our heroes."



"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 to HuffPost through longtime publicist Leslee Dart. "The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes."

In her storied career, Streep has received Oscar attention from appearing in Weinstein's films. She won an Academy Award for 2011's The Iron Lady and was nominated for one for 2013's August: Osage County. The 68-year-old actress explained that "not everybody knew" about the many allegations against Weinstein — who has since been fired from The Weinstein Company — and that he had "supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally."

"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," Streep continued.

With Hollywood's greatest leading lady speaking out and supporting those accusing an industry heavyweight of sexual harassment and sexual assault, it is an act of solidarity for the victims. After all, women face much criticism and put their careers on the line when accusing men — who are often in positions of power — of wrongdoings such as this. The biggest opposition they have to overcome, sadly, is simply being believed.

"The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar," Streep added. "Each brave voice that is raised, heard, and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game."

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