Meryl Streep's full statement on Harvey Weinstein

Meryl Streep's full statement on Harvey Weinstein

Noted Hollywood attorney Lisa Bloom, who in recent days was dogged over her representation of Harvey Weinstein, is moving on to represent the alleged victim in a domestic violence case against a Houston rapper.

The Weinstein Co. board of directors on Sunday fired Weinstein after an expose detailing decades of sexual harassment.

Dame Judi, 82, who has previously credited Weinstein with helping her career, said in a statement: "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". The enabling also needs to end.

"Speaking out is the only way we'll tackle it. Let's support those women who don't have the confidence to speak out". She praised "the intrepid women who raised their voices".

The mogul's then-attorney Lisa Bloom said in a statement that her client "denies numerous accusations as patently false", though Weinstein said that he "bear [s] responsibility for my actions" in an interview to The New York Post on Friday.

Sunday night, Sharon Waxman of the Wrap wrote about that same issue, but from the media's point of view, alleging that she wrote about Weinstein's behavior for the New York Times in 2004, but outside pressure forced the news outlet to gut the story. I didn't know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about this having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. Hollywood's power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behavior has not. "Each courageous voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game".

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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".

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

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

However, the Hollywood powerhouse denied the claims published by the New York Times and vowed to take legal action.

"I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different", Weinstein said in the statement. Besides Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar - who were cited in the release firing Weinstein - the board comprised of the 65-year-old Harvey Weinstein himself and Lasry, Sarnoff, Ziff and Tudor Jones.

"I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office - or out of it". The ride-hailing company also backed a new investment by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank.