Todd Haynes praises 'courageous' women for speaking up against Harvey Weinstein

The former news reporter said she remained silent due to Weinstein's tremendous clout in the media industry

Noted Hollywood attorney Lisa Bloom, who in recent days was dogged over her representation of Harvey Weinstein, is moving on to represent the alleged victim in a domestic violence case against a Houston rapper.

Weinstein was sacked from The Weinstein Company, the film company he co-founded, days after a New York Times investigation detailed numerous incidents of alleged sexual harassment by the media mogul over a period of three decades.

Her statement comes after allegations made against him by several women were published in The New York Times last week. "The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes", she told HuffPost.

Streep went a step further and suggested that if Weinstein's conduct were common knowledge, then surely the media would not have "neglected for decades to write about it".

"The behaviour is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar", she said. "Each fearless voice that is raised, heard, and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game", Streep concluded.

"As always, I stand with the courageous survivors of sexual assault and harassment". Another lawyer for Weinstein, Charles Harder, said the mogul has plans to sue the New York Times.

During her best actress in a drama win for the role at the 2012 Golden Globes, Streep jokingly referred to Weinstein as "god" and "the punisher".

The Weinstein Company board of directors issued a statement late Friday, saying the board members "strongly endorse" Weinstein's leave of absence and take "extremely seriously the accusations" raised in the Times story.

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Bob Weinstein, long in his brother's shadow, now takes command of the company along with chief operating officer David Glasser.

A statement from The Weinstein Company Board of Representatives said: "In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company - Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar - have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately".

"To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and frightful".

"I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different", Weinstein said in the statement.

Weinstein, 65, has not been charged with any crimes.

Weinstein, a long-time backer of the Democrats in the United States, also made legal threats against the New York Times in the wake of its allegations.

The brothers sold the company to Disney in 1993 but continued to run it until 2005, when they left to create The Weinstein Company.

Weinstein and his brother, Bob, founded the film distributor Miramax, named after their parents, Miriam and Max, in 1979.

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