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 TrumpIvanka TrumpKushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics 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 TrumpOnly Trump can fix vaccine hesitancy among his supporters Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover 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 TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate 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.