Meryl Streep says she is "truly sorry" that Rose McGowan seems to see her as an "adversary," because they are on the same side against movie industry "bastards" like Harvey Weinstein and other "entitled bosses." In a public statement issued in response to McGowan's attack on a plan to wear black to the Golden Globes in protest, Streep stresses that she was not "deliberately silent" about Weinstein's attack on McGowan in the '90s or his other crimes, Deadline reports. "I don't tacitly approve of rape. I didn't know," she writes. "I don't like young women being assaulted. I didn't know this was happening." She says she has never been to Weinstein's home or hotel room and has only visited his office once.
Weinstein, Streep writes, distributed movies she made with other people, and he "needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn't know." She adds that she has been hoping to speak to McGowan to express her "deep respect for her and others' bravery in exposing the monsters among us." She says a legal defense fund is being assembled "to bring down the bastards, and help victims fight this scourge within." In a now-deleted tweet, McGowan called Streep a hypocrite for "happily working" with the "Pig Monster." She has not publicly responded to Streep's statement, though she tweeted Monday that she is sorry about suggesting celebrity protesters should wear Marchesa, the fashion line co-founded by Weinstein's estranged wife, Entertainment Tonight reports. (Read more Meryl Streep stories.)