After five days of silence regarding the allegations of sexual abuse by Hollywood kingpin Harvey Weinstein, Hillary Clinton has issued a statement condemning his behavior and praising the women who came forward.
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” she said. “The behavior described by the women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping stop this kind of behavior.”
The New York Times reported last Friday a series of allegations by scores of women over three decades – settlements were made with eight of them – leading to the firing of Weinstein on Sunday by his Weinstein Company. A New Yorker story Tuesday features allegations of rape by three women. Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are among the actresses who have claimed they were victims of sexual harassment by Weinstein.
Weinstein was a major fundraising bundler for Clinton and for President Barack Obama.
Scores of women who have alleged Clinton’s husband Bill, the former president, sexually abused or otherwise took advantage of them have accused her of orchestrating campaigns to smear and silence them.
During the 2016 campaign, Wikileaks released an email from Hillary Clinton campaign adviser Ron Klain that included a section titled “WJC issues,” referring to her husband, William Jefferson Clinton:
a. Is his conduct relevant to your campaign?
b. You said every woman should be believed. Why not the women who accused him?
c. Will you apologize to the women who were wrongly smeared by your husband and his allies?
d. How is what Bill Clinton did different from what Bill Cosby did?
We should agree on the list of questions, and agree on when/how we are prepping these.
At the second presidential debate one year ago between Clinton and Donald Trump, the then-Republican nominee invited as guests Bill Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick, along with Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey, who accuse Bill Clinton of sexual harassment. They were joined by Kathy Shelton, a woman whose alleged rapist was legally defended by Hillary Clinton in 1975.
In an interview with WND, Broaddrick recounted the details of her claim that two weeks after the alleged rape, Hillary Clinton coldly confronted her at a political event, which Broaddrick took as a clear threat to remain silent.
She said she spoke out during the recent presidential campaign only because she became enraged by Clinton’s September 2015 tweet declaring every sexual-assault survivor had “the right to be believed.” Clinton later reiterated that “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed and supported.” Then, she was asked at a campaign event whether the women who have accused her husband of sexual harassment deserved to be “believed” as well.
“Well, I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence,” Clinton replied.
Broaddrick’s claims, which were first aired by NBC News in a 1999 interview, have yet to be refuted. Lisa Myers, who conducted the interview, stated in a 2014 interview that “nothing has come up since that story was reported that in any way undercuts what Juanita Broaddrick said.”
Former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris has charged Clinton engaged in “blackmail” to try to force women to recant their stories.
Paula Jones, who won an $850,000 out-of-court settlement to drop her sexual-harassment case against Bill Clinton, has claimed she was among the women Hillary Clinton tried to discredit.
CNN host: Hillary gave Weinstein ‘a pass’
Weinstein contributed $46,350 to Clinton’s presidential campaigns and her committee to support other Democrats, HILLPAC, the Associated Press reported.
The Clinton Foundation, according its official website, received from $100,001 to $250,000 from Weinstein through June 2017.
Prior to Clinton’s statement on Weinstein Tuesday, CNN news anchor Erin Burnett pointed out in a tweet that Hillary Clinton, who is on a book tour, spoke Monday night for 90 minutes at the University of California, Davis, but didn’t mention Weinstein.
“She won’t give women a ‘pass’ for not voting for her, but she gave him one,” Burnett wrote.
Clinton remains silent about donations she has received from Weinstein while at least seven Democrats and the Democratic National Committee have announced they are returning his contributions or re-gifting them to charity.
Weinstein introduced Bill Clinton, describing him as an “inspiration,” at an event in New York City a little more than a week after the November election.
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