Hollywood condemnation of Harvey Weinstein grows louder

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Grindhouse star McGowan, 44, is one of the women named in Thursday's (05Oct17) New York Times expose of Weinstein's reported sexual misconduct.

She praised Weinstein for not going after his accusers, noting, "This is a guy who has thrown away the old playbook of 'Let's attack the women, let's dig up dirt on their pasts, let's humiliate them, let's fight.' He's not doing any of that".

In her statement, Streep also said Weinstein had been "respectful" during their working relationship and challenged the widely repeated narrative that his misbehaviour had been a longtime open secret in Hollywood.

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Stars like Streep and Dench, whose movies had been championed by Weinstein, have been under pressure to speak out after a New York Times investigation last week detailed claims by multiple women of unwanted physical contact by Weinstein over three decades.

Representatives for Streep didn't immediately return messages Monday.

The Hollywood establishment, slow to react to the initial sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, began speaking out against him more forcefully Monday after the powerful studio boss was sacked by his own company. The report refers back to an incident with actress Ashley Judd that took place 20 years ago, as well as many more recent encounters.

"We believe what the board is trying to do is not only wrong but might be illegal and would destroy the company", Weinstein said.

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Another woman has spoken out about Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct after the studio mogul was sacked from his own company on Sunday following the revelation of a slew of sexual assault allegations. 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".

It was also claimed that Weinstein's companies paid out thousands of dollars to at least eight women to buy their silence.

"One thing can be clarified". "I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. Each fearless voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game".

She added, "The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar".

Weinstein has responded to the allegations, revealing he is working with a therapist to address his issues head-on. "He financed the first 14 years of my career - and now I know while I was profiting, others were in awful pain", wrote director Kevin Smith.

"What Harvey Weinstein did was abhorrent". The cowards and hypocrites are those who have long known that Weinstein was a sexual predator and chose to remain silent because of the power he wielded in Hollywood.

"My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement", she explained in a tweet Saturday afternoon. "It makes me feel ashamed".

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