Meryl Streep rips Melania and Ivanka Trump over 'silence' on sexual harassment
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Meryl Streep said in an interview published Wednesday that Melania and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpHard choices in training Americans for AI workplace of future Ex-Trump, progressive strategists battle over charges of anti-Semitism surrounding Eric Trump Ethics watchdog requests probe into Trump officials traveling to campaign events MORE should speak out more about the allegations of sexual harassment against high-profile men that have emerged in recent months.

In her interview with The New York Times, Streep dismissed criticism over her own silence on the allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, saying she wanted to hear from the president's wife and eldest daughter.

"I don’t want to hear about the silence of me," Streep said. "I want to hear about the silence of Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump Jr. to Dem Senator: 'You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!' Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet Pamela Anderson claims she convinced Melania Trump to stop wearing fur MORE. 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."

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Reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker last fall detailing sexual assault and harassment allegations against Weinstein prompted numerous women to come forward with accounts of their own experiences with sexual misconduct. 

Numerous high-profile men in entertainment, business, media, politics and beyond have been swept up by the allegations, prompting discussions around the world about sexual misconduct. 

Streep has faced criticism for not speaking out about the allegations against Weinstein, with posters surfacing in Los Angeles showing the actress with the film producer alongside the words "#SheKnew."

“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 favorite people have been brought down by this, and he’s not one of them,” she said.

Streep, who is promoting her new Pentagon Papers film "The Post," told the The New York Times that she did not respond because she wanted to take time to reflect on the allegations. 

"I don’t have a Twitter thing or — handle, whatever. And I don’t have Facebook. I really had to think," she said. "Because it really underlined my own sense of cluelessness, and also how evil, deeply evil, and duplicitous, a person [Weinstein] was, yet such a champion of really great work."

Streep has sharply criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE in the past. In a speech at the Golden Globes last year that went viral, the actress railed against the then-president-elect, suggesting that his behavior set a bad example for the American public.

"Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose,” she said at the time.

In response, Trump said Streep was "overrated" as an actress.