Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has finally weighed in on the slew of sexual assault allegations levied against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, distancing herself from the prolific Democratic fundraiser in a short statement.
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Clinton said in a statement that was tweeted out by former campaign communications director 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.”
Statement from Secretary Clinton on Harvey Weinstein: pic.twitter.com/L1l2wl9l0I
— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) October 10, 2017
Weinstein was fired from his organization, The Weinstein Company, on Sunday amidst a dizzying number of salacious sexual harassment allegations that span over three decades and have resulted in at least eight settlements with female victims, the New York Times reported in a blistering tell-all.
As politicians and Hollywood celebrities lined up to hurl criticism at Weinstein and demand that justice be served in the heinous case, the relative silence of the Clinton family and former President Barack Obama stood out. Hillary and Bill Clinton received donations from Weinstein as far back as the 90s and rented a home next door to him in 2015, and Obama’s daughter served as an intern for the disgraced producer.
A New York Times op-ed went so far as to call out Obama and Hillary Clinton directly in a piece titled “Harvey Weinstein’s Money Shouldn’t Buy Democrats’ Silence,” noting that both leaders often spoke out about empowering women and pursuing men who commit sex crimes.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton insisted that victims who claim they were assaulted should be believed – even when it comes to the allegations against her own husband.
“I would say that everyone should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence,” she said when pressed at a December 2015 campaign stop about Bill Clinton’s numerous accusers.