Meryl Streep Responds To Rose McGowan's Twitter Attack

Meryl Streep is addressing the former Charmed actress' recent comments.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Rose McGowan targeted Streep on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, when she slammed actresses in Hollywood who planned to participate in a silent protest against sexual harassment at the upcoming Golden Globes. 

"Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest," the 44-year-old actress wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. "YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You'll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa."

In a statement to E! News on Monday, Dec. 18, Streep addressed McGowan's tweet, as well as the multiple sexual misconduct scandals that have shaken the entertainment industry ever since disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape in October.

"It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein's crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others," Streep began. "I wasn't deliberately silent....I didn't know this was happening."

"Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth,"  the 68-year-old actress, who previously took aim at Weinstein's "inexcusable" behavior, continued. "Through friends who know her, I got my home phone number to her the minute I read the headlines. I sat by that phone all day yesterday and this morning, hoping to express both my deep respect for her and others' bravery in exposing the monsters among us, and my sympathy for the untold, ongoing pain she suffers....And I hoped that she would give me a hearing. She did not, but I hope she reads this."

Streep concluded, "I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry. That's where the cover-ups convene. Those rooms must be disinfected, and integrated, before anything even begins to change."

While we wait for McGowan to respond to Streep's statement, read up on how other celebs have reacted to the Weinstein allegations.