Meryl Streep's full statement on Harvey Weinstein

Jerome Frank
October 10, 2017

The Weinstein Co fired co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein on October 8, effective immediately, following reports of sexual harassment allegations against the executive, who was one of Hollywood's biggest power brokers, the film production company said on Sunday.

Less than a week after the New York Times published multiple accounts of sexual misconduct involving Harvey Weinstein, he has been fired from the Weinstein Company.

During an acceptance speech at the Academy Awards for her performance in "The Iron Lady", Steep famously referred to Weinstein as "God".

"Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out", she said.

"The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes", she said.

She says he took her to a deserted basement area where, after she rebuffed his attempt to kiss her, he told her to "just stand there and be quiet".

"Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally". On Monday, she wrote "The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar". "Each fearless voice that is raised, heard, and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game", Streep concluded.

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Last week, Weinstein was accused of a series of sexual harassments and assaults by a number of women over a number of decades. In response, Weinstein issued a lengthy and rambling statement apologizing for past behavior causing pain, and saying he would take a leave of absence.

He tweeted: "If even 1/10th of the stories about Harvey Weinstein are true (and I believe they are), then good f**king riddance".

Weinstein's brother Bob was instrumental in his dismissal from the company, which they founded together in 2005.

"I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different", Weinstein said in the statement. The ride-hailing company also backed a new investment by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank.

But Weinstein was struck yet another blow over the weekend when his lawyer Lisa Bloom announced her decision to step down as his legal advisor.

Weinstein and his brother, Bob, founded the film distributor Miramax, named after their parents, Miriam and Max, in 1979.

Here's one endorsement that probably won't go on a Trump 2020 button: John Oliver has dubbed Donald Trump "the Harvey Weinstein of Presidents" over a White House change to a health insurance mandate, which now provides a loophole for companies to avoid subsidizing employee birth control medication.

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