Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she “certainly didn’t” have any knowledge of Democratic donor and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual assault, telling CNN that she plans to give money he donated to her to charity.
"I was appalled. It was something that was just intolerable in every way," Clinton said. "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."
Clinton and other Democrats have condemned Weinstein in recent days following reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker that the movie mogul had allegedly made unwanted sexual advances on young women in Hollywood for years. The former secretary of state said she and other Democrats were unaware of the allegations against Weinstein, a longtime donor to Democrats and liberal causes.
"I certainly didn’t, and I don’t know who did," she said. "But I can only speak for myself, and I think speak for many others who knew him primarily through politics."
The former secretary of state said she gives 10 percent of her earnings every year to charity and that donations from Weinstein will be a part of those donations.
Clinton praised the women who have come forward with allegations against Weinstein, a group that includes high-profile actresses Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. She said Weinstein’s alleged activity should “shine a bright spotlight” on the issue of sexual assault and that “it can’t just end with one person’s disgraceful behavior and the consequences that he is now facing.”
"People in Democratic politics for a couple of decades appreciated his help and support. And I think these stories coming to light now," she said. "And people who never spoke out before having the courage to speak out, just clearly demonstrates that this behavior that he engaged in, cannot be tolerated and cannot be overlooked."