Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, the film company he co-founded, days after a New York Times investigation detailed numerous incidents of alleged sexual harassment by the media mogul over a period of three decades.
Streep won a best actress Academy Award in 2012 for her portrayal as British stateswoman Margaret Thatcher in the Weinstein Company release, “The Iron Lady.”.
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.”
Judi Dench, who has worked with Weinstein over the years on films like “Shakespeare in Love,” for which she won an Oscar, released a statement to Newsweek calling the accusations “Horrifying.”
“Whilst t is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past twenty years, I was completely unaware of these offenses which are, of course, horrifying,” the statement read. “I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and whole-hearted support to those who have spoken out.”
On Sunday night, she told The Hollywood Reporter The Weinstein Company needs to go further.
The “Charmed” star also tweeted her thanks to the Times for running the story, which included accusations against Weinstein from actress Ashley Judd.
“To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses,” wrote actor Mark Ruffalo in a tweet.