Actress Meryl Streep has urged first lady Melania Trump and first daughter Ivanka Trump to speak out about allegations of sexual assault made against President Donald Trump.
The actress made the comments in a New York Times interview published on Jan. 3.
Streep was asked in the course of the discussion about why she did not speak out about the allegations of sexual assault made against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Streep has been accused by some of knowing about Weinstein's alleged assaults.
"I don't want to hear about the silence of me," Streep said. "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 was asked about her own experiences. Although she referred to incidents many years ago during the early part of her career, she added that she did not wish to get into specifics.
The Oscar-winning actress rejected the suggestion she knew anything about Weinstein's alleged actions.
"You make movies," she said. "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 favorite people have been brought down by this, and he's not one of them."
She stated that she had reflected on how Weinstein could be an "evil" and "duplicitous" person, but still a champion of great work.
Streep's comments come in the wake of the report published in The New York Times on Dec. 31, 2017, that a donor with ties to the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered money to women with allegations of sexual harassment against Donald Trump to come forward.
Attorney Lisa Bloom, who was working with several individuals making accusations against President Trump at the time, reportedly received $500,000 from Susie Tompkins Buell. Buell is the founder of Esprit Clothing and has donated to Clinton campaigns for many years.
Bloom denied speaking to Clinton or the Clinton campaign "on any of this." She also rejected the idea she had coaxed women to come forward with allegations.
"It doesn't cost anything to publicly air allegations," she told The New York Times. "Security and relocation are expensive and were sorely needed in a case of this magnitude, in a country filled with so much anger, hate and violence."
Two Democrats familiar with the financial arrangements said Bloom's firm refunded the contribution made by Buell after Bloom's efforts proved unsuccessful.