Five days after the New York Times published an article revealing the massive sexual harassment scandal surrounding movie studio executive Harvey Weinstein, longtime associate Hillary Clinton finally spoke out; releasing a short statement condemning the democratic mega donor.
The doomed Democratic nominee, who accepted large donations from Weinstein for years, claims she was “shocked and appalled” by the allegations of rape and sexual assault, saying the behavior “described by women” should never be tolerated.
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” wrote the former Secretary of State. “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.”
Her comments come days after the sexual misconduct accusations rocked Hollywood, with Clinton facing increased pressure from the media and other democrats to openly speak out against Weinstein. The former nominee is also facing calls to return money she received from the studio bigwig, or donate those funds to charities helping victims of sexual assault.
The left-leaning New York Times also called on Clinton and Barack Obama to return Weinstein’s giant donations, adding that his high-powered status shouldn’t “buy” liberal silence.
“These Democratic leaders, admired by many young women and men, should make clear that Mr. Weinstein also deserves condemnation,” writes the author. “If such powerful leaders take the money and stay mum, who will speak for women like Mr. Weinstein’s accusers?”