by Michael Mathes / Agence France-Presse
The [email protected] assault accusations towards Harvey Weinstein have seeped into America’s partisan politics, with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton accused of ready too lengthy to disavow their buddy and celebration donor.
The politicization of the scandal got here because the Hollywood producer confronted claims he raped an Italian movie star and at the very least two extra girls, a unique approach to allegations which have rocked Hollywood and despatched tremors via the Democratic Party.
Weinstein denies all charges, in response to a press release from his spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister circulated amongst US media.
On Wednesday, Hofmeister provided “no comment” when requested about TMZ stories that Weinstein was heading to Europe to enter a rehabilitation facility.
His spouse, British designer Georgina Chapman, instructed movie star journal People she was leaving Weinstein, with whom she has two kids.
The checklist of the Oscar-winner’s harassment victims additionally reportedly now consists of Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rosanna Arquette and French actress Judith Godreche.
Former president Obama and Clinton, who final yr aimed to succeed him in workplace, lastly spoke up on Tuesday, expressing revulsion on the charges towards a buddy and supporter.
Clinton stated she was “shocked and appalled” by the revelations, whereas Obama and his spouse Michelle stated they have been “disgusted.”
“Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status,” the Obamas stated in a press release.
The feedback got here after days of withering accusations by Republicans that the liberal elite was turning a blind eye away from considered one of their very own, and with President Donald Trump’s celebration demanding that Democrats jettison contributions by the film mogul.
“Put your money where your mouth is. Return all of the dirty Harvey Weinsteinmoney,” the Republican National Committee stated Wednesday in a video that confirmed Clinton denouncing misogyny and former first girl Michelle Obama calling Weinsteina “wonderful human being.”
– ‘Dirty money’ –
Since 1990, Weinstein and his spouse have personally donated greater than $1.four million to numerous Democratic candidates or political motion committees, in response to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Weinstein hosted or attended a number of fundraisers for Clinton final yr, and has attended a number of state dinners on the Obama White House.
In 2011, he hosted an Obama fundraiser at his New York residence, the place the visitor checklist included Paltrow and rocker husband Chris Martin, tv host Jimmy Fallon and singer Alicia Keys.
As Democrats started returning Weinstein cash, Republicans painted liberals as hypocrites, regardless of a lot of their very own celebration having stood by Trump when comparable lurid allegations have been made towards him as a presidential candidate.
Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr tweeted Wednesday that “maybe Hollywood will finally end their BS lectures.”
The rape allegations towards Weinstein, 65, have been made in a bombshell expose printed by the New Yorker Tuesday.
Previous allegations which led to his weekend sacking from The Weinstein Company had thus far been restricted to complaints about harassment.
The New Yorker investigation was printed as recent misconduct allegations emerged from Hollywood A-listers corresponding to Jolie, Arquette and Paltrow.
Italian actress Asia Argento stated Weinstein pressured oral [email protected] and intercourse on her 20 years in the past.
She instructed the publication she had maintained her silence till now for concern that Weinstein would “crush” her, including: “I know he has crushed a lot of people before.”
Another occasion concerned mannequin Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, whom the New Yorker stated Weinstein met in March 2015.
According to the New Yorker, Gutierrez says Weinstein “lunged at her, groping her breasts and attempting to put a hand up her skirt” at a gathering in his workplaces in Tribeca.
She reported the incident and the New York Police Department requested her to put on a wire.
– Bunga bunga –
Audio of their dialog in a hallway on the Tribeca Grand Hotel was launched by the journal, with Weinstein heard repeatedly pressuring her to come back into his room.
Authorities determined to not press charges after it emerged the younger girl had attended considered one of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s notorious “bunga bunga” [email protected] events.
As Republicans continued their criticism, many Trump critics pushed again, noting that the president himself has been accused of abusive conduct and tape has been launched of him boasting of [email protected] assaults.
Trump insists his bragging was merely “locker room talk.”
“It is somewhat ironic,” Democratic former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm instructed CNN, “that the Republicans are ginning up all of this stuff about Harvey Weinstein when the president himself has been accused of [email protected] harassment or [email protected] abuse 15 times.” (AFP)