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As Hollywood grapples with a wave of sexual assault and harassment accusations that started with producer Harvey Weinstein being exposed, actress Meryl Streep attacked First Lady Melania Trump and First Daughter Ivanka Trump when confronted about her silence on the issue.
During an interview with The New York Times, she said she “found out about this” on a Friday and didn’t think to speak out at first.
“I really had to think,” Streep said. “Because it really underlined my own sense of cluelessness, and also how evil, deeply evil, and duplicitous, a person he was, yet such a champion of really great work.”
She then deflected to the women in President Donald Trump’s family:
“I don’t want to hear about the silence of me. I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump. I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.”
Streep added that she “experienced things” herself when she was younger, but not anymore.
“So I wouldn’t have had that more recently. But back in the day, when everybody was doing cocaine, there was a lot of [expletive] behavior that was inexcusable,” she continued. “But now that people are older, and more sober, there has to be forgiveness, and that’s the way I feel about it.”
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