Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep slammed Harvey Weinstein Monday morning as “disgraceful” for his alleged sexual abuses against women.
An explosive report in The New York Times last week revealed that there were decades of undisclosed sexual harassment and abuse allegations–as well as financial settlements–against the movie mogul. Weinstein was fired on Sunday from the Weinstein Company.
“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” Streep said in a statement. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”
Streep worked with Weinstein on films like “August: Osage County” and “The Iron Lady,” although she contended that she was not aware of his alleged transgressions until the news broke last week.
“One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew,” she claimed. “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. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game,” she concluded.