Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep says first lady Melania Trump and first daughter Ivanka Trump should speak out about sexual harassment.
Streep made the comment in an interview with The New York Times.
After fielding questions about her new movie, "The Post," the questioning turned to the sexual harassment scandals that have been sweeping the entertainment industry.
When asked about Harvey Weinstein she said: "I found out about this on a Friday and went home deep into my own life. And then somebody told me that on Morning Joe they were screaming that I haven't responded yet. I don't have a Twitter thing or -- handle, whatever. And I don't have Facebook. 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 had heard some rumors about him, though, as reported by the Daily Mail. "Well, honestly for me in terms of Harvey, I really didn't know. I did think he was having girlfriends. But when I heard rumors about actresses, I thought that that was a way of denigrating the actress and her ability to get the job. That really raised my hackles. I didn't know that he was in any way abusing people."
When pressed on the issue of her initial delayed response to the Weinstein revelations, she responded curtly, with an implied reference to the allegations of sexual harassment against President Donald Trump.
"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."
Then the questioning turned to longtime actor Dustin Hoffman, who has also recently been accused of sexual harassment. Streep, who co-starred with Hoffman in "Kramer vs. Kramer," confirmed that he slapped her while they were filming that Oscar-winning film.
"This is tricky because when you're an actor, you're in a scene, you have to feel free. I'm sure that I have inadvertently hurt people in physical scenes," explained Streep. "But there's a certain amount of forgiveness in that. But this was my first movie, and it was my first take in my first movie, and he just slapped me. And you see it in the movie. It was overstepping."
She also revealed that she had been sexually abused by one man when she was younger. "I mean, I was really beaten up, but I don't want to ruin somebody's mature life," she said, explaining why she would not reveal his name.
Ending on a positive note, she suggested that the problem of sexual harassment in her industry was "being corrected in this moment … because people won't accept it anymore."