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Meryl Streep: 'I wasn't deliberately silent' on Weinstein

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2015 file photo, Meryl Streep appears at the premiere of the film "Suffragette," at the opening gala of the London film festival in London. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, that Streep will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” The 67-year-old actress has long been a mainstay at the ceremony. She’s been nominated 29 times. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File)

Meryl Streep says she did not know Harvey Weinstein was allegedly harassing and assaulting women when they worked together.

Streep says in a statement Monday that Weinstein "needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn't know." The Oscar winner says her association with him brought him credibility, which she says he used "to lure young, aspiring women into circumstances where they would be hurt."

Streep says she composed the statement in response to a since-deleted tweet from Rose McGowan, who called out Streep for working with Weinstein. McGowan has alleged that Weinstein raped her.

Streep says she's sorry McGowan sees her as an adversary because they are on the same side in the fight to eradicate the status quo power structure in Hollywood.

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