An unidentified street artist paved Los Angeles with posters accusing actress Meryl Streep of having prior knowledge of sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Streep has denied any awareness of Weinstein's alleged actions.
On Dec. 19, posters featuring Streep posing next to Weinstein cropped up across Los Angeles, placed near her home in Pasadena, near a Screen Actors Guild building, and across the street from the 20th Century Fox studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The otherwise black-and-white posters featured a red stripe across Streep's eyes emblazoned with the words "She knew."
No one has claimed responsibility for the posters. The placement of the accusatory messages indicated that their creator hoped to target Streep's awards campaign for her upcoming starring role in "The Post," a Steven Spielberg film distributed by 20th Century Fox.
On Dec. 16, actress Rose McGowan took to social media to accuse Streep and other film stars of enabling Weinstein through silence.
"Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black [Golden Globes] in a silent protest," McGowan wrote in a tweet that she has since deleted. "YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You'll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy."
Over 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment. The list includes prominent stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong'o and Mira Sorvino. McGowan reached a settlement with Weinstein in 2007 and later said that he had raped her, according to USA Today.
Weinstein has repeatedly denied ever having non-consensual sex with his accusers.
On Dec. 18, Streep responded to McGowan's tweet with a lengthy statement, asserting that she had been unaware of Weinstein's alleged abuse of women.
"I wasn't deliberately silent," Streep said, according to CNN. “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."
The actress added that her connection to Weinstein primarily involved distribution deals and that she had only visited his office once for a meeting.
"He needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn't know," Streep continued. "Apparently he hired ex Mossad operators to protect this information from becoming public."
Streep concluded: "I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry."