Meryl Streep says she did not know Harvey Weinstein was allegedly harassing and assaulting women when they worked together.
Weinstein "needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn't know," Streep said in a statement Monday. The Oscar winner said her association with him brought him credibility, which she said he used "to lure young, aspiring women into circumstances where they would be hurt."
Streep said she composed the statement in response to a since-deleted tweet from Rose McGowan, who called out Streep for working with Weinstein. McGowan has alleged that Weinstein raped her.
Streep said she's sorry McGowan sees her as an adversary because they are on the same side in the fight to eradicate the status quo power structure in Hollywood.