Meryl Streep and Judi Dench each condemned their longtime collaborator Harvey Weinstein amid allegations that the filmmaker made unwanted sexual advances toward a series of women over the course of three decades.
Streep, who starred in Weinstein-produced pictures “The Iron Lady” and “August: Osage County,” said she was “appalled” after learning of the accusations against Weinstein, calling his alleged behavior “disgraceful.”
“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 to The Huffington Post. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”
Streep, 68, made it clear that not “everybody” — including herself — was aware of these allegations while she worked with them, and said she’s confident the media would’ve exposed the truth had they been aware.
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“The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar,” Streep said. “Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”
Dench shared a similar sentiment in her statement, which was given to the Daily News.
“Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past twenty years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and whole hearted support to those who have spoken out,” Dench, 82, said.
Dench has starred in many Weinstein films, including “Mrs. Brown” in 1997, and has joked in the past that she has his name tattooed on her backside. She won an Oscar for their movie together, “Shakespeare in Love,” and they most recently collaborated on the 2017 drama “Tulip Fever.”
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Streep, meanwhile, jokingly referred to Weinstein as “God” during an acceptance speech for “The Iron Lady” at the Golden Globes in 2012.
Actress Glenn Close, 70, also expressed her disappointment after learning of the accusations, admitting she’d heard rumors about Weinstein’s alleged misbehavior over the years.
“I’m sitting here, deeply upset, acknowledging to myself that, yes, for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors that Harvey Weinstein had a pattern of behaving inappropriately around women,” Close said in a statement to The New York Times. “Harvey has always been decent to me, but now that the rumors are being substantiated, I feel angry and darkly sad.
“I applaud the monumental courage of the women who have spoken up,” she continued. “I hope that their stories and the reportage that gave them their voices represents a tipping point, that more stories will be told and that change will follow.”
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The Weinstein scandal has rocked the entertainment industry since late last week, when multiple women — including actress Ashley Judd — accused Weinstein of sexually harassing them years ago in a bombshell New York Times report.
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Rose McGowan, who reportedly settled with Weinstein after an incident, has since condemned the director on Twitter, while calling for a change in the Hollywood power structure and praising the Times for its exposé.
TV reporter Lauren Sivan also came forward after the explosive report to accuse Weinstein of bringing her downstairs and a restaurant, trying to kiss her and masturbating in front of her after she rebuffed his advances.
Sivan told that story again during an appearance on “Megyn Kelly Today” on Monday.
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“I just stood there dumbfounded,” Sivan said, recalling the incident.
“The most demeaning part of it all was that 20 minutes earlier he was having this great conversation with me,” she continued. “I felt so great and flattered by it. And then to be told ‘stand there and be quiet’ negated any warm feelings.”
She said she didn’t sense any remorse out of Weinstein, who issued a general apology without naming any women last week. Weinstein was fired by board of directors of his Weinstein Company on Sunday.
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