NEW YORK — Meryl Streep calls the reports of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein ‘‘disgraceful’’ and says she was unaware of the alleged incidents.
In a statement Monday to the Huffington Post, Streep said ‘‘The behavior is inexcusable but the abuse of power familiar.’’ She praised ‘‘the intrepid women who raised their voices.’’
Streep also sought to counter the suggestion that everyone in Hollywood knew of Weinstein’s conduct. She said he was ‘‘respectful with me in our working relationship.’’
Weinstein produced numerous films starring Streep. During an acceptance speech at the Academy Awards for her performance in ‘‘The Iron Lady,’’ Steep famously referred to Weinstein as ‘‘God.’’
Representatives for Streep didn’t immediately return messages Monday.
Weinstein is yet to address the eight allegations of sexual harassment detailed by The New York Times, though he has apologized for his actions.
On Twitter, other celebrities reacted to the ouster of Weinstein.
Yes. Im sick of the media demanding only women speak up. What about the men? Perhaps many are afraid to look at their own behavior..... https://t.co/tGUsjUYNMR— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 9, 2017
There is no excuse for monsters like Harvey Weinstein. It's up to all of us, men and women, to speak up against sexual harassment and abuse. https://t.co/Ec0msl2btR— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 9, 2017
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.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 8, 2017
H Weinstein -yikes! Disgusting and creepy. So is "leader of the free world" btw— Michael Keaton (@MichaelKeaton) October 9, 2017
The ?old dinosaur? explanation doesn?t cut it. DECADES of using power to intimidate women for sexual gain is reprehensible and inexcusable.— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) October 9, 2017
Easy to think Weinstein company took swift action but this has actually been the slowest action because they always always knew— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 9, 2017
Women speak out about sexual harassment + Harvey Weinstein gets fired. This is the best + most inspiring news story I have seen in a while.— Heather Graham (@imheathergraham) October 9, 2017