Harvey Weinstein of the Weinstein Company Fired for Sexual Harassment Charges

Elizabeth Wagmeister

Meryl Streep speaks out on 'disgraceful' Harvey Weinstein allegations

Weinstein was terminated from The Weinstein Company on Sunday by the company's board of directors.

The firing process was continued from Friday, one-third of the male board resigned on Friday. The termination action was taken by Bob Weinstein (Mr. Weinstein's brother), Tarak Ben Ammar, Lance Maerov and Richard Koenigsberg.

A spokeswoman for the executive did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood producer, is accused of having sexually harassed women for decades. Weinstein, co-chairman of the film company, has also been its face and prime operator, making the Weinstein Co.an independent film leader and near annual presence at the Academy Awards.

The alleged incidents, which reportedly took place over the course of the past few decades, were revealed in a New York Times investigation Thursday. Streep, who had worked with Weinstein, said that her relationship with him was one of respect and she did not know of his harassment behavior.

"The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported", the three-time Oscar victor, 68, said in a statement to HuffPost on Monday, October 9. The actress took to Twitter after Harvey was sacked from the Weinstein Company, sending messages of appreciation to her celebrity friends, including Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon.

Reports from The New York Times indicate Weinstein settled with several accusers.

Later, he threatened to sue The Times, with his lawyer, Charles Harder, saying in a statement that the report was "saturated with false and defamatory evidence" that relied "mostly on hearsay accounts".

While "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn tweeted, "If even 1/10th of the stories about Harvey Weinstein are true (and I believe they are), then good fucking riddance".

In the wake of the Times bombshell, several prominent women in Hollywood - including Rose McGowan, Amber Tamblyn, and Lena Dunham - expressed support for those who came forward with the allegations.

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