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Meryl Streep Once Stopped an Attacker With the Help of Cher
"It was a miracle,” she said.
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During the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual awards on Wednesday, Meryl Streep took the stage with a surprise speech about physical violence that she had experienced in her life.

According to the Daily Beast, Streep was originally at the event to thank journalists for being the "first line of defense against tyranny and state-sanctioned news." Her speech, in particular, focused on female journalists and their bravery for putting themselves in harm's way.

"We do recognize the special cocktail of venom and ridicule which is always tinged with sexual threat that’s served up online for women—any woman in any profession—that stands up to tell the truth," she said. "I revere the people who do this because I am not a naturally brave person.”

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 do know something about real terror—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 and I was lucky because my instincts served me well,” she said.

“In one instance, I played dead and waited until the blows stopped—watching like people say you do from about 50 feet above from where I was beaten,” she revealed. “And in the second instance, someone else was being abused and I just went completely nuts and went after this man. Ask Cher – she was there. And the thug ran away; it was a miracle.”

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Meryl Streep and Cher previously worked together in the 1983 film Silkwood, for which they both received Academy Award nominations. They are currently working together on the highly anticipated musical film, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, that will be released next year.

Watch Streep's speech starting at 1:39:00 below:

CPJ's 2017 International Press Freedom Awards

Did you miss the #IPFA speeches? Watch the replay of CPJ's International Press Freedom Awards 2017 that took place in New York City on Wednesday, November 15. The annual event honors courageous journalists from around the world. The dinner was hosted by Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent for CNN and CPJ senior advisor, and chaired by David Rhodes, president, CBS News. CPJ's 2017 IPFA honorees: Pravit Rojanaphruk, Thailand -- Award presented by Gillian Tett of The Financial Times. Ahmed Abba, Cameroon -- Award presented by Bill Whitaker of “60 Minutes.” Patricia Mayorga, Mexico -- Award presented by the actress Meryl Streep. Afrah Nasser, Yemen -- Award presented by Miriam Elder of BuzzFeed. Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award winner: Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour” -- Award presented by Bert Ifill. Help support press freedom by donating to CPJ today: https://cpj20023.thankyou4caring.org/?utm_source=facebooklive&utm_medium=ad&utm_content=june17 CPJ in Arabic | ???? ????? ???????? CPJ en Español | Committee to Protect Journalists CPJ Africa - Committee to Protect Journalists Committee to Protect Journalists / Europe and Central Asia program Committee to Protect Journalists / Asia Desk CNN International CNN Politics CBSNews.com PBS Khaosod - ?????? Khaosod English RFI RFI English RFI Afrique RFI Hausa Revista Proceso ???? ????? #IPFA #IPFA2017 #PressFreedom

Posted by Committee to Protect Journalists on Saturday, November 18, 2017

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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