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Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep
From left, Meryl Streep, Harvey Weinstein and Margo Martindale are seen at the August: Osage County Screening Presented by The Weinstein Company, on Sunday, January, 5th, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for The Weinstein Company/AP Images)

Meryl Streep blasted Harvey Weinstein and called his sexual harassment accusers 'heroes'


Actress Meryl Streep on Monday slammed the sexual harassment allegations surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those whose whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” she said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

“The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes,” Streep continued.

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“The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”

Some Twitter users on Monday praised Streep for denouncing Weinstein, while others derided her for not condemning her longtime collaborator sooner.

Streep and Weinstein have previously worked together on multiple films such as The Iron Lady and August: Osage County.

The Weinstein Company on Sunday announced that Weinstein’s position as its co-chairman had been terminated following the accusations against him.

The New York Times last week published an expose detailing sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein stretching back several decades.

The accusations came from some of Weinstein’s former staffers, as well as actresses including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

Weinstein initially said he would take a leave of absence from his namesake company after the allegations were first reported.

Democratic lawmakers have since rushed to distance themselves from Weinstein, who was a high-profile donor and supporter of their party before the accusations emerged.

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