This is a terrible time for Weinstein's character to be questioned, as he has been trying to change his company's name and start a new identity for the company. This might be hard for him to do now, with celebrities as respected as Meryl Streep, Dame Judi Dench, and Glenn Close alerting people to Weinstein's allegedly slimy demeanor.
The allegations claim that Weinstein uses his power and high status in the movie industry to get away with harassing women. In response, Meryl Streep made a statement to the Huffington Post, saying: "The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes. One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew."
She also continued to call Weinstein's actions "disgraceful," "inexcusable," and "an abuse of power."
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The fact that Meryl Streep is backing these allegations and praising the women who spoke out is quite telling, especially considering she has worked with Weinstein on numerous occasions and had once jokingly noted him as a "God." Streep worked with Weinstein on films such as August: Osage County and The Iron Lady.
Dame Judi Dench also once had similar feelings for Weinstein. She even has his initials tattooed on her backside. Her previous affection for Weinstein does not cancel out his brutish behavior that has now come to light, however, and she now finds his actions to be "horrifying."
Glenn Close agreed with the acclaimed actresses, saying, "I'm angry, not just at him and the conspiracy of silence around his actions, but also that the 'casting couch' phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world.”
Harvey's company, The Weinstein Company, reached out to re-branding experts on Monday. The company is now being run by Harvey's brother Bob Weinstein along with President of the company David Glasser.
A source told the Daily News, "They're going to change the company name. It's moving forward, fast and furious.
"For them, they have to do this, it's too toxic."
After The Times published a massive segment that completely exposed Weinstein's behavior, Weinstein was fired by the board of The Weinstein Company. The Times reported that Weinstein had preyed on numerous actresses, including Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and countless others, for decades. Confidential settlements with at least eight accusers had been reached.