The sexual harassment and sexual assault accusations against Harvey Weinstein have become the news cycle’s biggest controversy in light of Democrats’ close relationship with the famous Hollywood producer.
According to the Daily Caller, Weinstein had close ties with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that went beyond donating to her campaign. Weinstein sent Clinton advance copies of his films, for which the two-time presidential candidate called him “sweet.”
Weinstein has now been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting dozens of women. There are at least three rape allegations currently standing against the producer of such films as Fahrenheit 9/11 and Shakespeare in Love.
As Business Insider noted, Weinstein has personally donated about $26,000 to Clinton throughout her political career and served as a contact point between the former secretary of state and the entertainment industry elite.
But Weinstein’s relationship with Clinton was highly personal in nature. Emails from the Clinton State Department suggest friendship. In 2010, Weinstein wrote to Clinton aide Capricia Marshall and offered to send a copy of his movie The King’s Speech before its public release.
“As time moves on, I realize I haven’t seen you and Mrs. Clinton in a long time, but I think of you both often,” Weinstein told Marshall. The media mogul closed his email with the words “your bad friend,” adding: “PS — Please share this with Madame Secretary.”
Marshall did as requested and forwarded the email to Secretary Clinton, who told her aide to thank Weinstein and ask for additional films. She also sent wishes to the producer’s wife, Georgina Chapman, as well as congratulations for the birth of their first child, India Pearl.
“That is so sweet,” Clinton wrote. “Let him know I not only want the movies, (including The Tillman Story) but I’ve heard about some of his other projects from Jamie Patricof (Company Men, Blue Valentine) that also sound great. And [please] wish him and Georgina every good wish [with] the new baby and that we all hope to see them soon.”
The Clintons and Obamas took five days to release statements condemning Weinstein’s alleged treatment of women. According to Christian News Alerts, the former secretary of state’s belated statement read: “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. 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.”
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As covered by the Huffington Post, Clinton has pledged to donate contributions from Harvey Weinstein to charity, although she has not been clear about how much she will donate or how. “I give 10 percent of my income to charity every year,” Clinton told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “This will be part of that. There’s no doubt about it.”
Weinstein has been helping the Clintons raise money since the 1990s, hosting fundraisers for Hollywood A-listers. Clinton now seeks to distance herself from the “intolerable alleged behavior” of the individual so many Democrats have financially leaned on.
“This was a different side of a person that I and many others had known in the past,” Clinton said. “People in Democratic politics for a couple of decades appreciated his help and support.”