Meryl Streep speaks out against Harvey Weinstein and 'disgraceful' sexual harassment allegations

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Weinstein was on Monday fired from a company he helped found, after "new information" emerged about his conduct.

Jeff Bridges, whose 2014 movie "The Giver" was distributed by the Weinstein Co., told the Hollywood Reporter that Weinstein is "facing his demons now".

Despite the apology, the father-of-two, who is married to English fashion designer Georgina Chapman, says he is planning to sue the Times over reporting his legal team denounced as "saturated with false and defamatory statements". Bankruptcy followed in 2009 but Weinstein mounted a comeback, and again began an Oscar streak with winners like "The Artist" and "The King's Speech".

Weinstein's influence goes far beyond entertainment.

The source claims that Weinstein's domineering conduct was among the reasons the company's board of directors made a decision to fire him over the weekend.

Judd said she had thought: "How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?".

Meanwhile, multiple media outlets say three Weinstein Company board members have resigned their positions since the story broke: Dirk Ziff, a billionaire publishing heir and investor; Technicolor executive Tim Sarnoff; and Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry. On Sunday, TWC moved to terminate his employment with the company he co-founded with brother Bob Weinstein in 2005. "My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement".

Headlines like "Late-Night Hosts Ignore Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Scandal" ran on conservative sites like Breitbart, while other outlets ran op-eds that slammed late night for being "hypocrites", citing references to late night jokes about Bill O'Reilly when he faced accusations of sexual harassment.

Weinstein allegedly reached "eight previously undisclosed settlements" with several women, including former assistants and actresses, who made allegations of "sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact" against the 65-year-old, according to an investigation by the New York Times.

As Meryl Streep puts it, Weinstein's "behaviour is inexcusable".

Numerous alleged incidents are said to have taken place during his 17-year marriage to first wife Eve Chilton. But Weinstein and his lawyers also criticized The New York Times' report in statements and interviews, and vowed an aggressive response. He apologized for causing pain.

In addition, Streep stressed that Weinstein had never been inappropriate with her during their working relationship and denied any knowledge of his alleged offences.

The "Girls" creator called Judd "a hero" and wrote, in a Twitter thread, that "Men like Weinstein threaten what you hold dear- your safety, financial freedom and yes- career". Would he remain associated with his company?

An attorney for Weinstein didn't immediately return messages Sunday.

Harvey Weinstein is not the only figure under scrutiny.

Weinstein's approach helped "Shakespeare in Love" unexpectedly earn best picture honors over Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan".

"Let's be realistic. They started on Friday".

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