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Meryl Streep Was Brutally Beaten, Had To ‘Play Dead Until The Blows Stopped’

Meryl Streep Was Beaten Played Dead
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Nov. 17 2017, Updated 6:42 p.m. ET

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Meryl Streep just came clean about her past experiences with physical violence – and her story is terrifying!

During her speech at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 27th annual International Press Freedom Awards in New York City, the actress, 68, said that she and Cher once saved another person from getting assaulted, yet the violence that came with it affected her “on a cellular level.”

Said the Oscar-winner to the A-lister crowd: “I do know something about real terror.”

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Streep said that when she chased the attacker down, she acted “nuts” and he eventually ran away. “It was a miracle,” she recalled.

She then went on to tell another story of an even more horrific incident in which she was brutally beaten, and had to “play dead and wait until the blows stopped.”

Added the Hollywood icon in her speech: “The two times in my life when I was threatened and dealt with real physical violence, I learned something about life that I wouldn't have known otherwise… We as women come to it disadvantaged through the many millennia preceding our present moment and because of our vulnerability, we anticipate danger — we expect it. We're hyper alert to it. This comes in very handy in investigative journalism, but also in acting.”

Meryl Streep then concluded her talk, saying that in the two instances where she had to deal with violence, her “instincts” served her well. She was very lucky, and those experiences “changed” her.

As RadarOnline.com readers know, Streep has long been an advocate for women’s rights. She has spoken out in support of female empowerment various times and continues to do so, all while sharing her own shocking experiences.

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