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Meryl Streep, Judi Dench speak out against Harvey Weinstein

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Meryl Streep and Dame Judi Dench are among the latest celebrities to speak out against Harvey Weinstein in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against the Hollywood mogul.

Both said they were unaware of his reported behavior.

Dench said in a statement, "Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out." Dench famously once had her makeup artist draw a fake tattoo of Weinstein's name on her butt as a joke. 

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Streep called the reports "disgraceful" in a statement Monday to the Huffington Post and added, "The behavior is inexcusable but the abuse of power familiar." She praised "the intrepid women who raised their voices."

Streep also said that she never personally witnessed any inappropriate behavior from him, saying, he was "respectful with me in our working relationship." She and Weinstein worked together on several films, including "The Iron Lady," for which Streep received an Oscar. In her acceptance speech, she called Weinstein "God."

Other stars also slammed Weinstein, including Jessica Chastain, Julianne Moore and Michael Keaton. 

Weinstein apologized Thursday, saying, "I so respect all women and regret what happened. I hope that my actions will speak louder than words." He has not yet addressed the eight allegations of sexual harassment reported by the New York Times. 

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