The Weinstein Company propustilo jeho spolumajitele, hollywoodského producenta Harveyho Weinsteina, poté, co byl po obvinění ze sexuálního zneužívání, které se datuje do konce 70. let. Weinstein stál například za oscarovými snímky jako Železná lady, která přinesla Meryl Streep třetí sošku Oscara, Zamilovaný Shakespeare či Králova řeč.
Nejvíce se zraky všech upíraly k Meryl Streep a netrpělivě se čekalo na její prohlášení.
“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.
One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And if everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.
The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power is familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard, and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”