Nathan Lane says Harvey Weinstein attacked him at Hillary Clinton's birthday
11 October, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
"The behavior described by the women coming forward can not be tolerated".
Hillary Clinton condemned disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday, marking her first public comments on the matter since reports of his alleged predatory behavior broke five days ago. Weinstein was later terminated from the movie production company bearing his name, The Weinstein Company. Then again, as numbers obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics make somewhat clear, the $1.5 million Weinstein helped raise for the Clintons between 1990 and 2016 may have influenced the former state secretary's thinking.
Asked about donating the 2016 campaign contributions, Hillary Clinton's vice presidential running mate, Virginia Sen.
"I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it", Weinstein said in the initial New York Times report last week.
Representatives for the Clintons have not responded to comment for this story, and Obama's office declined to comment.
The statement comes after growing pressure on the former secretary of state from both left and right-wing figures and media outlets over her silence about the allegations. Clinton also headlined a number of big-dollar fundraisers at Weinstein's home in New York City. Separately, three women accused Weinstein of raping them in a story published online by The New Yorker, including the Italian actress Asia Argento and a woman who was an aspiring actress in college when she caught Weinstein's eye. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, have said they are giving that money to charities helping women.
Bill Clinton has been plagued by allegations of sexual harassment and assault throughout his own political career.
Meanwhile, American intelligence agencies have given little credence to Clinton's assertions of Russia's contribution to her defeat by concluding that Russian President Vladimir Putin initially wanted to impugn Clinton's chances of becoming the President.
In a statement on Twitter on Tuesday, Clinton said she was "shocked and appalled" and that "the behavior described by women coming forward can not be tolerated".
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