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>> The firing of Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein, from his own studio, prompting questions and condemnation among those who know him, or thought they did. Meryl Streep, who referred to Weinstein as God while accepting a 2012 Golden Globe award, on Monday calling the allegations of sexual harassment against women disgraceful and inexcusable in the Huffington Post.
Adding, quote, not everybody knew, I didn't. Dame Judi Dench, who has credited much of her success to Weinstein, adding she is horrified by the allegations and wholeheartedly supports those who have spoken out. And while more women have stepped forward with tales of abuse, a follow up article in the New York Times, which broke the story, cites some who would rather stay in the shadows.
The most notable silence so far may be Hilary Clinton’s. Not as a Weinstein victim, but as a beneficiary of his political donations, and also as someone who suffered the slings and arrows of sexism. Other Democrats who've benefited from his deep pockets, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, and Cory Booker among them, have said they are giving their Weinstein donations to charities.
The Democratic National Committee also pledging to donate the $30,000 it received from Weinstein last year, to nonprofits supporting female leadership. And while the Weinstein fallout will likely keep Harvey in the headlines for days, you soon won't be seeing his name on his shows and movies. Reports Monday saying the Weinstein company will start removing it from his TV and film credits and is also considering a company name change in the wake of the allegations.