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Actresses are speaking out in support of the women who came forward to detail alleged sexual harassment committed by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, including Meryl Streep, who called the reports "inexcusable".

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that Weinstein reached settlements with at least eight women since 1990 over sexual harassment allegations, including those from actress Ashley Judd and several former employees.

The statement 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". She praised "the intrepid women who raised their voices".

"One thing can be clarified", she said. "Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally".

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. Each fearless voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game".

Weinstein has been dismissed from The Weinstein Company, following allegations of sexual harassment.

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".

Weinstein's brother, Bob, and COO David Glasser will lead the company during Harvey Weinstein's absence.

Weinstein's firing came just days after he admitted to behaving inappropriately with some of his female colleagues in the past and apologised for causing them "pain". The Times, while acting on the request of anonymity, reported that he paid a "young assistant" in NY in 1990, an actress seven years later, an assistant the year following and a model in 2015.

The stories still coming out against Harvey Weinstein are getting worse and worse.

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

"I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office - or out of it". "Easy to think Weinstein company took swift action but this has actually been the slowest action because they always knew". The ride-hailing company also backed a new investment by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank. His brother, Bob Weinstein, is one of the board members who made a decision to fire Harvey. The prominent attorney Lisa Bloom, daughter of well-known Los Angeles women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, on Saturday withdrew from representing Weinstein, as did another adviser, Lanny Davis.