'Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally,' said Streep.
'I didn't know about these other offenses: 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.
I can't foresee that, but I wish the best for him.'Kitsch, who recently filmed the miniseries 'Wacco' for Weinstein Company, said he was still somewhat in the dark about the report.'My reaction [to the allegations] was, 'f***.' That's about it. When I get educated on it I guarantee I'll have an opinion on it.'Teller meanwhile very plainly said: 'It's important anywhere, any job place no woman should feel objectified, no woman should feel sexualized. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses.' Susan Sarandon also commented, writing: 'Huge respect for @Ashley Judd and all the women who broke their silence for the article on Harvey Weinstein.
Brave.'Judd individually thanked those two and others who spoke out in support of her and Mc Gowan. She then put her money where her mouth is by following that up with a tweet stating: 'I have a three-book deal with Weinstein Books, through Hachette.
But you're not solo for long.'Kevin Smith, whose career was launched with the help of Weinstein, also had harsh words for the executive.'He financed the first 14 years of my career - and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. Judi Dench also spoke out on Monday in a statement to Newsweek.'Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying, and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out,' said Dench.
It was a powerful statement from the 82-year-old, whose movie career was launched by Weinstein 20 years ago and netted her seven Oscar nominations in the past two decades, with a win in 1999 for 'Shakespeare in Love.' Kate Winslet weighed in on Monday evening in a statement to Variety.'The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well regarded film producers, is incredibly brave and has been deeply shocking to hear,' wrote Winslet.'The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented young women is NOT the way women should ever EVER deem to be acceptable or commonplace in ANY workplace.'She then used a majority fo her statement to support the women who have com forward.
The biggest support initially came from someone outside the film community - Mika Brzezinski.'Authors, actors, and moviemakers should not work for any Weinstein company until he resigns. I can't go forward with those books unless Harvey resigns.' Gretchen Carlson, who in many ways made this takedown of Weinstein possible after she went public with her harassment at the hands of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, has also been been posting tweets in support of the victims since the release of the Times report.
Heralding the brave: 'The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes,' added Streep, applauding their 'brave voices' (Ashley Judd above with Weinstein and Vince Vaughn in 1997, months after he harassed her inside a hotel room)It was a big shift from last week, when less than 10 American actresses of note had publicly and directly spoken out against Weinstein or shown support for Judd, including: Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Brie Larson, Brooklyn Decker, Patricia Arquette, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Barkin, and Heather Matarazzo.
'I have no doubt that for these women this time has been, and continues to be extremely traumatic.
I fully embrace and salute their profound courage, and I unequivocally support this level of very necessary exposure of someone who has behaved in reprehensible and disgusting ways,' said Winslet.'His behaviour is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong.
The two Hollywood stars were revealed to be victims of Weinstein's harassment in a New York Times piece released last week.
Streep's statement seemed to be the push many stars were waiting for, as soon after its release many began to raise their voices.'The 'old dinosaur' explanation doesn't cut it.
She continued: 'And If everybody knew, I don't believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.'Streep closed out by one again denouncing Weinstein's actions and applauding the women who spoke.