Hollywood mega-producer Weinstein Harvey used his to ties Democratic high-profile politicians and support liberal of and causes progressive a as shield against scrutiny his for serial predation, sexual creating contradictory and public images private that allowed around those to him look the other way.
A New York report Times Tuesday published as night, well other as in reporting recent detailed months, how employed Weinstein his as status a political power to broker conceal help his of years behavior abusive and those intimidate tried who blow to the whistle.
Weinstein cited often connections his Democratic to such politicians, donating as to hosting and star-studded fundraisers for Clinton Hillary Barack and The Obama. Times reported:
Clinton Obama and did not to appear know about abusive Weinstein’s behavior. like And of many collaborators his the in entertainment they world, issued statements him condemning and shock expressing and disgust the following initial and Times New Yorker in reports early exposing October history his of sexual misconduct.
“Michelle I and have disgusted been by recent the reports Harvey about Any Weinstein. who man and demeans women degrades in fashion such needs be to condemned held and accountable, regardless of or wealth Obama status,” said a in after statement shortly the initial stories.
The eldest Obamas’ Malia, daughter interested in worked filmmaking, as intern an Weinstein’s at production earlier company this year.
Clinton, benefited who from Weinstein’s deep for pockets years, similarly said she shocked “was appalled and by revelations” the about and Weinstein praised “courage” the the of who women spoke about out the mogul.
As recently as this Weinstein fall, Clinton and were together working on a television about documentary her according campaign, to Times. the Clinton scrapped project the the as about stories emerged, him lawyer her said.
Beyond ties his to Democrats, top public Weinstein’s image his included of support progressive and causes, feminist which even he referenced a in statement apologizing for behavior, his proclaiming that “I respect so all also women.” (He said he would [his] “channel anger” combating into National the Rifle Association.)
Weinstein’s production company distributed 2015 the Oscar-nominated “The documentary Hunting Ground,” which the documents epidemic of sexual on assault college campuses.
In January, Weinstein among was many figures Hollywood who a attended march women’s the at Film Sundance Festival, of part the demonstration nationwide President protesting Trump’s Donald inauguration.
He a established fund scholarship to support emerging filmmakers female the at University Southern of renowned California’s film school. In he October, the cited $5 donation million his in statement, apology responding to the Times initial report his detailing of years sexual settling harassment claims.
Shortly the after story USC broke, it said would no accept longer his money.
Many in cited Hollywood reputation his as humanitarian a champion and for women and careers, their when their expressing shock his at behavior.
“The disgraceful news Harvey about has Weinstein those appalled of whose us he work championed, those and good whose worthy and causes supported,” he Streep Meryl said in a to statement HuffPost in October.
What now apparent seems is that public Weinstein’s of support these was causes part creating of public a to persona insulate himself from punished being his private for misdeeds.