Hillary Clinton 'appalled' by Weinstein revelations


However the brief statement didn't address whether Clinton would return any of the estimated $1.4 million Weinstein donated or raised for her political campaigns over the years. "Hillary Clinton speaks out against sexual harassment often and I'm sure she'll have a word to say when the time is right for her". Bill Russo, a spokesman for the former vice president, declined to comment to CNN.

Longtime Clinton aides have been confused by the former secretary of state's silence on the issue, questioning - in private - why she has not weighed in at all.

The New York Times previously reported that there were at least eight allegations of sexual harassment, and directors of The Weinstein Company agreed to fire him, according to The Associated Press.

Weinstein donated to both of their presidential campaigns, as well as the Democratic Party at-large, and both remained uncharacteristically silent on the matter until Tuesday, when Clinton's office issued a statement. Through his representative, Sallie Hofmeister, Weinstein denied "any allegations of non-consensual sex".

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She was clearly trying to act as an activist in riling a fan base to boycott the owner of a football team, for political reasons. Many people strongly defended Hill's comments, while many other people strongly condemned her and the network that employs her.

This past weekend, Weinstein was terminated from his position as co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.

Mrs Clinton was asked whether she stood by her comments made during the election campaign, when she described Trump as the most risky White House candidate to ever make a run for the presidency.

All of which makes the silence from Obama and the Clintons all the more stark - particularly because the trio's ties to Weinstein run deep. At a White House event for student films in 2013, first lady Michelle Obama credited Weinstein for making the event happen and praised him as a wonderful person and a good friend. "Where is President Obama?"

In December 2015, Hillary Clinton was asked about some of the accusations and her own assertions that victims who allege assault should be believed. "So personally it is, it is disappointing she hasn't come out and condemned Harvey Weinstein". "Though I'm trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go", he said.