Harvey Weinstein's alleged behaviour is 'inexcusable', says Meryl Streep

Kristopher Drake
October 10, 2017

Meryl Streep and other stars are speaking out about the sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood power player Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein's leave of absence from the production house he co-founded with his brother began on Friday, and the company announced the hiring of a team of lawyers to conduct an investigation into sexual harassment claims against the movie mogul outlined in a New York Times story.

Streep, who has appeared in several films distributed by the studio including The Iron Lady and August: Osage County, said that she had been unaware of the allegations until now.

Summarizing one particularly disgusting allegation - in which the producer reportedly cornered a woman in a restaurant hallway and tried to kiss her, then exposed himself and ejaculated into a potted plant - the HBO host offered this zinger: "Step aside 'Chocolat, ' you are no longer the most horrifying picture that Harvey Weinstein has ever produced". "The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes".

On Sunday night Rose McGowan, one of the actresses named in the NYT piece, told the Hollywood Reporter that the dismantling shouldn't stop at Weinstein: She says the entire board should "resign effective immediately". "Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally".

"The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar", said Streep. "Each courageous voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game".

A Los Angeles TV reporter is accusing deposed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of exposing himself to her and masturbating in the basement of a NY restaurant.

"As always, I stand with the fearless survivors of sexual assault and harassment".

During her best actress in a drama win for the role at the 2012 Golden Globes, Streep jokingly referred to Weinstein as "god" and "the punisher".

Others were more cynical about the "swift action" taken by the company and Lena Dunham slated the Weinstein Company saying they "always always knew" about the accusations.

Weinstein's firing came just days after he admitted to behaving inappropriately with some of his female colleagues in the past and apologised for causing them "pain".

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Bob Weinstein, long in his brother's shadow, now takes command of the company along with chief operating officer David Glasser.

Weinstein, a long-time backer of the Democrats in the United States, also made legal threats against the New York Times in the wake of its allegations. Up until Saturday, Bloom represented powerful Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein.

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