Meryl Streep has responded to criticism from Rose McGowan who says she has been "deliberately silent" about sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

At the weekend, McGowan hit out at reports that some actresses were planning to wear all black to next month's Golden Globes in protest against the Hollywood abuse scandal. In a since-deleted tweet she said that she disapproved of the "silent protest" and said "YOUR SILENCE is THE problem".

She also criticised Streep for working with the producer and affecting "no real change", saying "I despise your hypocrisy".

Oscar-winning star Streep has now responded to the accusation in a statement released to The Huffington Post, saying "hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines" and saying again that she was not aware of Weinstein's alleged behaviour over the decades they worked together.

Rose McGowan criticised Meryl Streep for working with Harvey Weinstein and affecting "no real change"

Streep, who has appeared in several films distributed by Weinstein's former studio, including The Iron Lady and August: Osage County, added: "I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe."

McGowan became one of the first actresses to be linked to the Weinstein scandal when it was it was reported that she received a settlement from the producer in the bombshell New York Times article that broke the story about Weinstein's alleged history of sexual harassment. The actress has since alleged that the producer raped her in 1997.

Weinstein 65, has been accused of sexual harassment by dozens of women and is currently under investigation in the UK and the US. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. 

Read Streep’s statement in full below.

"It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but 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.

I don’t know where Harvey lives, nor has he ever been to my home.

I have never in my life been invited to his hotel room.

I have been to his office once, for a meeting with Wes Craven for "Music of the Heart" in 1998.

HW distributed movies I made with other people.

HW was not a filmmaker; he was often a producer, primarily a marketer of films made by other people- some of them great, some not great. But not every actor, actress, and director who made films that HW distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in the 90s, other women before and others after, until they told us. We did not know that womens’ silence was purchased by him and his enablers.

HW needed us not to know this, because our association with him bought him credibility, an ability to lure young, aspiring women into circumstances where they would be hurt.

He needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn’t know. Apparently he hired ex Mossad operators to protect this information from becoming public. Rose and the scores of other victims of these powerful, moneyed, ruthless men face an adversary for whom Winning, at any and all costs, is the only acceptable outcome. That’s why a legal defense fund for victims is currently being assembled to which hundreds of good hearted people in our business will contribute, to bring down the bastards, and help victims fight this scourge within.

Rose assumed and broadcast something untrue about me, and I wanted to let her know the truth. Through friends who know her, I got my home phone number to her the minute I read the headlines. I sat by that phone all day yesterday and this morning, hoping to express both my deep respect for her and others’ bravery in exposing the monsters among us, and my sympathy for the untold, ongoing pain she suffers. No one can bring back what entitled bosses like Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and HW took from the women who endured attacks on their bodies and their ability to make a living.. And I hoped that she would give me a hearing. She did not, but I hope she reads this.

I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry. That’s where the cover-ups convene. Those rooms must be disinfected, and integrated, before anything even begins to change."