Hillary Clinton broke her silence on Harvey Weinstein in the wake of
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” the former secretary of state said in a statement on Tuesday provided by her spokesman, Nick Merrill. “The behavior described by the women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”
Both Clinton and former President Barack Obama had been criticized for not immediately
On Tuesday afternoon, the former president and first lady released their own statement.
“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status,” the
Clinton did not mention the Weinstein scandal during an appearance at the University of California at Davis on Monday night — four days after the New York Times reported that Weinstein had reached settlements with at least eight women who accused him of sexual harassment between 1990 and 2015. The newspaper also included accounts from other women, including actress Ashley Judd, who said he asked her to watch him shower during a breakfast meeting in his hotel suite in the mid-1990s.
“HRC spoke for 90 mins last nite, didn’t mention Harvey Weinstein,”
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday morning, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Clinton’s 2016 running mate, said he expected she would address the scandal.
“Any leader should condemn this,” Kaine said. “These allegations are low-life behavior.”
“Where is Hillary Clinton?” MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski wondered aloud.
Weinstein was fired from the film studio he co-founded, the Weinstein Co., on Sunday. The company’s board of directors said his termination was effective immediately, “in light of new information about misconduct” by Weinstein.
On Tuesday afternoon,
Weinstein, a longtime Clinton donor, hosted a fundraiser for her in New York City in June 2016, and the filmmaker
The disgraced filmmaker has a similarly tight relationship with the Obamas.
During the 2012 presidential race, Weinstein held a fundraiser for Obama at his Connecticut home. The next year, Weinstein organized a student film symposium at the White House, where first lady Michelle Obama praised him as “
Following the Times report, numerous Democratic lawmakers — including the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. —
Weinstein donated $5,400 to Clinton during the 2016 campaign, per the Center for Responsive Politics, and more than $30,000 to the Democratic National Committee. The mogul donated $5,000 to Obama during his reelection campaign, and more than $30,000 to the DNC during that cycle.
A day after the revelations against Weinstein were published, the New York Times’ editorial board
“Mr. Weinstein’s prominent friends need to publicly assert that the behavior that has made him notorious cannot be tolerated. Not from anyone.”
President Trump — who last year faced
On Saturday night, the president was asked about the allegations against the filmmaker.
“I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time,” Trump said. “I’m not at all surprised to see it.”
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