Hollywood stars slam Harvey Weinstein

Mark Ruffalo and a number of celebrities have slammed Weinstein's behaviour and others praised the women who came forward.

FILE: Harvey Weinstein. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Mark Ruffalo and a number of celebrities have spoken out at Harvey Weinstein following his firing from the Weinstein Company in response to sexual harassment claims.

The Spotlight actor hit out at the 65-year-old film producer - who has previously worked on a number of Oscar-winning movies, such as Shakespeare in Love and The King's Speech - after he was fired by the board of his firm The Weinstein Company, which he co-founded with his brother Bob Weinstein in 2005, "in light of new information about misconduct".

Writing on Twitter, Ruffalo, 49, said: "To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible.

"I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses. (sic)"

And Ruffalo isn't the only Hollywood figure to slam the producer.

Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn also said "good f##king riddance" while saying that "s##t's gotta stop".

He tweeted: "If even 1/10th of the stories about Harvey Weinstein are true (and I believe they are), then good f**king riddance.

"That s##t's gotta stop. And f##k you to anyone who know about it and let him get away with it. The enabling also needs to end. (sic)"

Susan Sarandon praised actress Ashley Judd and the other women who came forward for a New York Times expose on the movie mogul.

Others were more cynical about the "swift action" taken by the company and Lena Dunham slated the Weinstein Company saying they "always always knew" about the accusations.

Their comments came after The Weinstein Company released a statement on Monday in response to the newspaper article, which was published earlier this month and alleged he had harassed at least eight female employees over a 30-year time span.

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."

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".