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Judi Dench is struggling with Me Too – that's the point of it

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One of the most poignant storylines in the latest series of Big Little Lies develops as Meryl Streep’s character, Mary Louise Wright, attempts to reconcile what she is being told about her late son – that he was a domestic abuser and a rapist – with the child she had known and loved. Mary’s grief manifests as dumbfounding insensitivity, shining a light on the extensive trail of victims left behind following situations of abuse.

It’s a perspective we rarely see: the anguish of those who knew and loved alleged perpetrators attempting to grapple with how this person – a seraph in their image – could truly be the monster being presented to them. Fans of every celebrity who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct, since the Harvey Weinstein allegations opened the valve to victims speaking out against their alleged attackers, know this all too well. For friends, it is magnified even further.

Having condemned the alleged crimes of Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, with whom she was long close friends, the actor Dame Judi Dench has expressed concern that the work of the two men will now be forgotten.

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“Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that he did – how wonderful he’s been in........

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