‘It was something that was just intolerable in every way'
Oscar-winning Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the company he co-founded, after reports that the 65-year-old has been sexually harassing female employees, paying off his accusers for decades.
The multiple reports of sexual harassment and three allegations of rape were uncovered in a New York Times investigation and are said to date back 3o years, with the revelation leading to a third of the company’s all-male board resigning and Weinstein being fired.
Since the news broke a week ago, numerous A-listers have been speaking out and denouncing the producer, with Ryan Gosling being the most recent actor to join the chorus.
Hillary Clinton is going one step further however, putting her money where her mouth is – literally.
As a keen democratic supporter, Weinstein had donated considerably to Hillary’s 2016 presidential election campaign, but now the former Secretary of State wants none of it.
‘I was appalled,’ the one-time Secretary of State explained in an interview with CNN this week. ‘It was something that was just intolerable in every way. And, you know, like so many people who’ve come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past.’
She continued: ‘People in Democratic politics for a couple of decades appreciated his help and support. And I think these stories coming to light now – and people who never spoke out before having the courage to speak out – just clearly demonstrates that this behaviour that he engaged in cannot be tolerated.’
The former presidential candidate explained that she is unable to return Weinstein’s past donations, so she plans to donate it to charity instead.
‘What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is they’re going to donate it to charity, and of course I will do that,’ she explained. ‘I give 10 percent of my income to charity every year, this will be part of that. There’s no—there’s no doubt about it.’