The plot thickens for Harvey Weinstein as more women claim sexual assault

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"In fact, it isn't even as excuse for that behavior in the '60s". Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship...

Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, two of Hollywood's most respected actresses, lashed out at movie producer Harvey Weinstein on Monday but said they were unaware of his decades of alleged sexual harassment of women.

The Oscar victor is the biggest star to speak out on the scandal, saying she is "appalled".

The actress said in a statement to the New York Times that "for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors that Harvey Weinstein had a pattern of behaving inappropriately around women".

Stories of his behavior, she said, were not universally known in Hollywood.

Aside from Judd and Rose McGowan, another actress who settled with Weinstein many years ago, several A-listers have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the media mogul's actions. "I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein", Bloom shared on Twitter. "I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out".

"In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately", read a statement from the board. It did not elaborate. According to Deadline, the company will soon be meeting with ad agencies to discuss a company name change. The company has tried to sell off its TV division, but has a hand in a number of projects in development, including Matthew Weiner's upcoming Amazon series "The Romanoffs", David O. Russell's Amazon series with Robert De Niro and the upcoming miniseries "Waco", with Taylor Kitsch as David Koresh. Men and women, in positions of power, must create a work environment in which people, whose jobs depend on them, feel safe to report threatening and inappropriate behaviour, like that reported in the Times. They exited in 2005 to form The Weinstein Co. It accomplished the rare feat of winning back-to-back best picture Academy Awards with "The King's Speech" and "The Artist". In recent years, however, Weinstein's status has diminished because of money shortages, disappointing box-office returns and executive departures. The New York Times article chronicled allegations against Weinstein from film star Ashley Judd and former employees at both The Weinstein Co. and Weinstein's former company, Miramax.

Sivan said she had rejected an attempt by Weinstein to kiss her, and he responded: "Well, can you just stand there and shut up?" "But also that the "casting couch" phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world: the terrible pressure, the very bad expectation put on a woman when a powerful, egotistical, entitled bully expects sexual favours in exchange for a job".

"Had I been asked by Mr. Weinstein to represent him, I would have declined, because I do not represent individuals accused of sex harassment".

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