A day after Meryl Streep declared she was unaware that producer Harvey Weinstein had allegedly raped Rose McGowan in the 1990s, a slew of posters claiming “She knew” have appeared in the streets around Streep’s home.
The posters, anonymously plastered to transformer boxes near Streep’s Pasadena residence, feature a black-and-white photo of the lauded film icon standing next to Weinstein. The “She knew” slogan is plastered over her eyes on a red banner, in the style of Barbra Kruger.
The images, which have also been spotted at other locations in Los Angeles, appear to have a QR code linking to a Bitcoin wallet.
Responding earlier this week to McGowan’s claim that Streep remained silent about Weinstein’s alleged misconduct before it made international headlines, Streep said “I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others.
“I wasn’t deliberately silent. 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.”
McGowan also slammed the plan for actresses including Streep to wear black dresses at the Golden Globes in January as a form of protest. In turn, Streep offered to engage in a dialogue with McGowan; after that statement, McGowan retracted her statement making reference to the protest.
Streep has previously been criticised for delivering a standing ovation for director Roman Polanski at the 2003 Academy Awards, despite being charged in 1977 for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
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