Actresses Meryl Streep and Judi Dench alongside Hollywood insiders voice their opinions about movie producer Harvey Weinstein following sexual harassment allegations. Rollo Ross reports.
Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, two of Hollywood's most respected actresses, have lashed out at movie producer Harvey Weinstein but said they were unaware of his decades of alleged sexual harassment of women. Streep said she had been appalled by the claims made against the film studio executive she once likened to "God" in a 2012 awards speech. His "behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar," Streep said a statement. Now industry insiders, like The Hollywood Reporter's Editorial Director Matthew Belloni, are voicing their opinions on the scandal which led to the firing of Weinstein from his own company on Sunday. SOUNDBITE The Hollywood Reporter Editorial Director Matthew Belloni, saying (English):- "I think Harvey is finished in Hollywood. I really do. I don't see how anyone would work with him and Harvey Weinstein's lifeblood in the industry has always been his relationships with talent. He can go to talent and say 'I have amazing taste I will win you an Oscar' and he can point to a track record of success. But now, what major talent is going to want to work with him? I just don't see that happening." The New York Times broke the story about Harvey Weinstein, reporting that he had made eight settlements with women who had accused him of unwanted physical contact and sexual harassment over three decades.