Lena Dunham, Tina Brown: We Warned Hillary Clinton's Campaign About Harvey Weinstein
Dec 06 2017 by Desiree Burns
Even so, people spoke candidly about his alleged behavior prior to his public downfall: Lena Dunham, for example, told the Times that when she got involved with the Clinton presidential campaign a year ago, she tried to warn staffers that Weinstein's proximity-including his presence at campaign events and fund-raising dinners he hosted-was potentially damaging, because she had heard stories about his alleged misconduct toward women.
"I just want you to let you know that Harvey's a rapist and this is going to come out at some point", Dunham claims she told the Clinton campaign's deputy communications director, Kristina Schake.
She added, "I think it's a really bad idea for him to host fundraisers and be involved because it's an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault".
The actor and writer, a prominent supporter of Clinton during her presidential run, told the paper that she told two members of the Democratic nominee's campaign staff about alleged sexual misconduct by Weinstein, who has since been accused of sexual assault and harassment by over 90 women, and expressed concern about the producer's involvement in Clinton's campaign.
The New York Times' follow-up investigation into Harvey Weinstein and the small army he used to cover up his crimes and behavior is pretty stunning and gross reading.
Through his spokesperson Sallie Hofmeister, Weinstein, now in rehab in Arizona, has denied all accusations of sexual assault.
Weinstein gave money to Bill Clinton's 1998 legal defense during his impeachment trial, and had been working on a documentary about Hillary Clinton's 2016 election loss up until his scandal broke, according to the Times. As was Weinstein's connection to Hillary Clinton, whom he assisted through fundraising, apparently despite warnings.
The article alleges that if Clinton did indeed receive this warning - or any others in the same vein - she didn't do anything about it. "I could supply your P.R. girls with a lot of gossip - a lot of stories - and if people come at them with the 'Harvey's having an affair story, ' they can barter", Mr. Benza told Weinstein in 2003. So in March previous year, Ms. Dunham, a vocal Clinton supporter, said she warned the campaign. Dunham said she also told Clinton spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod about Weinstein.
Weinstein also kept a network of friendly journalists. It's despicable behavior, and the women that have come forward have shown enormous courage.
"Agents and managers across Hollywood, who wanted in on Mr. Weinstein's star-making films, sent actresses to meet him alone at hotels and advised them to stay quiet when things went wrong", the Times reports.