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Hillary breaks silence; slams Harvey Weinstein

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a "Get Out the Caucus" rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Gage Skidmore - Wikimedia)

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton condemned disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday, five days after reports broke of his alleged predatory behavior.

“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Clinton said in a statement through spokesperson Nick Merrill. “The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”

The New York Times reported Thursday that the powerful mogul has reached at least eight legal settlements with women over alleged sexual harassment.

Weinstein, 65, has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and politicians including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama. Weinstein also helped raise millions for the party, and hosted several fundraisers in his homes over the years, including events for Clinton and Obama.

Harvey Weinstein (David Shankbone/Creative Commons)

Weinstein had made 185 individual donations to Democratic candidates and liberal-leaning organizations dating back to the early 1990s, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Republicans have called on Democrats to return the money, but only a handful have since news of the allegations broke.

Former first lady Michelle Obama praised Weinstein at a student film symposium held at the White House in 2013. “He is a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse,” she said at the event.

She has not issued a statement yet.

The Obamas’ eldest daughter, Malia, interned in the New York City office of The Weinstein Company in the year she took off before matriculating at Harvard University in August.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump told reporters that he was not surprised by the revelations.

“I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time,” Trump said.

When asked Tuesday what the President may have known about the Hollywood mogul, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders simply said that the President’s comment spoke for itself.

“There’s nothing to add,” Sanders said.

The board of directors of the company Weinstein co-founded fired him on Sunday “in light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days,” a statement from the company said.

Four famous actresses, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, told the New York Times this week that Weinstein, who is married, harassed them in the 1990s. They said his behavior was well-known in Hollywood.

The New Yorker reported Tuesday morning that three women told the magazine that Weinstein raped them.

Weinstein’s spokesperson denied the rape allegations and said that any sexual behavior was consensual. But on Thursday he released a statement that said “the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.”

This article is republished with permission from Talk Media News.


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Regina Holmes has more than two decades of experience as a journalist –editing and reporting for news dailies including the Miami Herald, Newsday and the Baltimore Examiner. She also launched an award-winning investigative news website that tackled police and political corruption in Baltimore. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Baltimore County Public Schools. Regina became a journalist because even as a child she was fascinated by the power of the press: how it could force a president out of office, elect a president, expose corruption, and shine a light on discrimination. She is passionate about giving a voice to people who are disenfranchised, ignored or powerless, including people of color, senior citizens, the impoverished, people with disabilities, veterans, and children. Issues in which she is particularly interested include race relations, criminal justice, and police brutality. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In her spare time, Regina enjoys traveling,antiquing, window-shopping for carsand watching HGTV. Contact the author.
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