Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Bill And Hillary Were Weinstein's 'Celebrity Shields'

Featured Image Lena Dunham Says She Warned Hillary Clinton About Harvey Weinstein
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2017, 18:07

Weinstein's reach extended to journalism and politics, and he bragged that he had access to the US president and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, among others; Lena Dunham said she told members of Hillary Clinton's campaign not to allow Weinstein to be involved because of Hollywood's "open secret".

In an interview with the New York Times, Dunham confessed that she had heard about Weinstein's alleged pattern of sexual assault from other actresses, and told campaign officials about the allegations because she was uncomfortable with Weinstein's proximity to the campaign, which Dunham vocally supported. "I just want you to let you know that Harvey's a rapist and this is going to come out at some point", Dunham reportedly told Kristina Schake, the Clinton campaign's deputy communications director.

"I think it's a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it's an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault", the actress said she added.

A new report from the New York Times reveals the disgraced movie producer's "Complicity Machine" - detailing all the coverups, collusion, and intimidation tactics Weinstein (and his colleagues!) allegedly employed to keep up his cycle of abuse.

A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein who says she was compelled to provide him with erectile dysfunction drugs is preparing to sue him for sexual harassment, Variety has learned.

Clinton herself, in an October statement, decried Weinstein's alleged behaviors. According to the New York Times, Weinstein's methods included asking C.A.A.'s Bryan Lourd to arrange a meeting with Ronan Farrow, a C.A.A. client who had been working on a bombshell report on Weinstein for NBC and later The New Yorker.

Weinstein coughed up tens of thousands of dollars towards Hillary Clinton's various campaigns for Senate and for the presidency. Pecker is also good friends with President Donald Trump, and both Weinstein and Trump were known in the tabloid industry as untouchable "F.O.P's", the Times said.

In a statement responding to the Times story, Weinstein's attorneys, Blair Berk and Ben Brafman, said Weinstein did not bill personal expenses to the company. It's despicable behaviour, and the women that have come forward have shown enormous courage.

This was strongly denied by the Clinton campaign.

Tina Brown, the veteran journalist and publisher, also said she warned Clinton's team during the 2008 presidential race, saying it was unwise for the candidate to associate with Weinstein. As to claims about a warning, that's something staff wouldn't forget... In trying to coerce other women to have sex with him, he used Paltrow's Academy Award-winning "First Lady of Miramax" prestige as proof to that he could advance the careers of women who pleased him, she told the Times.