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Want Melania, Ivanka to speak up: Meryl Streep on sexual harassment

Streep is one of the 300 women in Hollywood who joined to create Time's Up, a movement for protecting women in all industries

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

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Actress Meryl Streep

Veteran actress says she is still waiting to hear Melania and speak up about allegations in both and politics.

The actress discussed the recent wave of allegations in both and politics in a New York Times interview, reports

"I want to hear about the silence of (US First Lady) Melania I want to hear from her. She has so much that's valuable to say. And so does (President Donald Trump's daughter) I want her to speak now," Streep said.

She also addressed how she decided to speak up about the allegations against producer

"I really had to think. 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 said.

She added: "You make movies. You think you know everything about everybody. So much gossip. You don't know anything. People are so inscrutable on a certain level. And it's a shock. Some of my favourite people have been brought down by this, and he's not one of them."

The actress, who worked with on many films including her Oscar-winning role in "The Iron Lady", faced criticism from some claiming she knew he was a predator, which she denied.

"I really didn't know. I did think he was having girlfriends. But when I heard rumours about actresses, I thought that that was a way of denigrating the actress and her ability to get the job," Streep said.

The actress added: "That really raised my hackles. I didn't know that he was in any way abusing people. He never asked me to a hotel room. I don't know how his life was conducted without people intimately knowing about it."

Streep is one of the 300 women in who joined to create Time's Up, a movement for protecting women in all industries.

First Published: Thu, January 04 2018. 16:34 IST