e live in a post-Harvey Weinstein world. Famous and powerful men from all industries are starting to be brought down by the women they've abused. Women in Hollywood — including Meryl Streep — have formed a coalition to fight for the rights and the lives of victims of sexual assault and harassment from all walks of life.
Until now, Meryl Streep has stayed perhaps notoriously silent on the subject of assault and harassment in Hollywood. She claims she wasn't aware of Harvey Weinstein's behavior even though they had a close working relationship for many years.
When Dustin Hoffman was accused of assault and harassment by several women, Streep didn't speak up. But now, she's sharing her story and her candid thoughts regarding Dustin Hoffman and the changing tide in which we find ourselves.
By now, eight women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault or harassment against actor Dustin Hoffman.
The accusations range from groping and making inappropriate sexual comments to exposing himself to teenagers, coercing women into performing oral sex, and putting his fingers inside of women without their consent.
In the wake of the allegations against powerful men like Dustin Hoffman and Harvey Weinstein, many turned to Meryl Streep, who's worked with both of those men, to see what she had to say on the matter.
Although many claimed that stories circulated about Dustin Hoffman, that everyone knew about Harvey Weinstein, that these were “open secrets” in Hollywood, Streep maintains that she had no idea about Weinstein’s behavior, in particular.
When the allegations against Weinstein first surfaced, Streep made a statement. “The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” she said. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”
In her statement, Streep drove home that she was not in any way aware of Weinstein's behavior.
“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.”
But many, including Weinstein accuser and outspoken advocate for women, Rose McGowan, didn't believe Meryl Streep. Streep became the target of poster campaign depicting her next to Weinstein with "She Knew" written across her eyes.
The posters popped up in Los Angeles near Streep’s Pasadena home and near the studios where she has worked.
Following the attack from McGowan and these posters, Streep reiterated that she didn’t know about Weinstein: “I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the ’90s when he attacked [McGowan], or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others.
“I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening.”
Though she claims she didn't know about Weinstein and has remained quiet about her own experiences in the film industry, Meryl Streep has now come forward with her own stories about Dustin Hoffman.
In a resurfaced interview with TIME Magazine from 1979 and a new interview with The New York Times, Streep describes how Hoffman mistreated and assaulted her on a couple occasions, including while they were filming Kramer vs. Kramer…