Meryl Streep says she dealt with physical violence and Cher was present

Lawrence Kim
November 19, 2017

Meryl Streep says two instances of physical violence changed her "on a cellular level".

The Oscar victor appeared at the event to thank journalists for putting themselves in harm's way to be the country's "first line of defense against tyranny and state-sanctioned news", according to The Daily Beast.

One of the attacks was so brutal that the Sophie's Choice star ended up playing dead to fend her attacker off, saying she "played dead and waited for the blows to stop".

After thanking the room full of journalists for all they have done, Streep then shared her own personal experiences including a story involving Cher.

"I just went completely nuts", she said.

Streep added: "I say 'of course, ' because we do recognise the special cocktail of venom and ridicule, which is always tinged with sexual threat that is served up online for women, any woman in any profession, who stands up to tell the truth".

In the other, Streep intervened in someone else's abuse, going after the perpetrator.

Streep, Oscar-winning actress and one-woman neighborhood watch, revealed on Wednesday night during her speech at the International Press Freedom Awards that she and Cher once stopped a New York City mugging. Ask Cher - she was there. The thug ran away, it was a miracle.”. Because women do know something particular about coming to the danger place.

'We come to it disadvantaged through the many millennia preceding our present moment and because of our vulnerability, we anticipate danger - we expect it.

Meryl Streep and Cher previously worked together in the 1983 film Silkwood, for which they both received Academy Award nominations.

She claimed that this is helpful in acting, but also for investigative journalism.

The crime-fighting actresses will be united once more on the big screen for the Mamma Mia sequel due for release in July next year.

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