Hillary Finally Breaks Her Silence On Weinstein Sex Assaults, Releases Brief Statement via Aide

Many people on both sides of the aisle have been wondering if 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was going to speak up on the sexual harrassment scandal surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, considering he’s a big donor.

Just now, Clinton responded. Though, it was merely three short sentences in a statement released by an aide.

Weinstein has given $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation, per Washington Examiner:

Both of Clinton’s presidential campaigns and her family’s Clinton Foundation received large donations from Weinstein, totaling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.

The Daily Mail website reported Monday the Foundation alone has received at least $250,000 from Weinstein.

Though Clinton has made public appearances to promote her book since news about Weinstein’s harassment broke last Thursday, she has still not commented on it.

The Obamas, who are also associated with Weinstein, have fallen under the same pressure to speak out.

According to Deadline, Weinstein’s fundraiser for Clinton last year netted nearly $2 million:

Something in the neighborhood of $1.8 million was raised at Harvey Weinstein’s star-packed fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in New York City Monday night, sources tell Deadline. The event for 50 or so Clinton supporters at Weinstein’s Manhattan home drew some major Hollywood names, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Candice Bergen, Bethenny Frankel and designers Vera Wang and Tory Burch.

One month later, Weinstein held a concert for Hillary – per Hollywood Reporter:

Stephen Schwartz, Harvey Weinstein, Jordan Roth, Richie Jackson and Anna Wintour are producing a star-studded fundraiser concert in support of the Democratic presidential candidate. The show will be livestreamed on Clinton’s website as well as her campaign’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

Hosted by Billy Crystal, the Oct. 17 evening at the St. James Theatre in New York City — titled “Stronger Together” — will feature never-before-seen performance collaborations, including a number by Emily Blunt and Bernadette Peters (of the film and original Broadway cast of Into the Woods, respectively). Sarah Jessica Parker and Andrea McArdle will also join forces to sing “Tomorrow” from Annie, in which both actresses starred as the title role.

It was learned earlier today that three women are now accusing Weinstein of rape, via New Yorker:

Three women—among them Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.” Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.

Sixteen former and current executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies told me that they witnessed or had knowledge of unwanted sexual advances and touching at events associated with Weinstein’s films and in the workplace. They and others describe a pattern of professional meetings that were little more than thin pretexts for sexual advances on young actresses and models. All sixteen said that the behavior was widely known within both Miramax and the Weinstein Company. Messages sent by Irwin Reiter, a senior company executive, to Emily Nestor, one of the women who alleged that she was harassed at the company, described the “mistreatment of women” as a serial problem that the Weinstein Company was struggling with in recent years. Other employees described what was, in essence, a culture of complicity at Weinstein’s places of business, with numerous people throughout the companies fully aware of his behavior but either abetting it or looking the other way. Some employees said that they were enlisted in subterfuge to make the victims feel safe. A female executive with the company described how Weinstein assistants and others served as a “honeypot”—they would initially join a meeting, but then Weinstein would dismiss them, leaving him alone with the woman.

H/T: Gateway Pundit