On October 5, 2017, The New York Times published a story that changed everything for once-revered movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Countless women had come forward as victims of sexual harassment at the hands of Weinstein. Combined, their stories detailed nearly three decades of sexual harassment, including numerous accusations of rape.
As more and more victims began to come forward, the world couldn’t help but notice that the Clintons, longtime friends of Weinstein, remained uncharacteristically silent.
For decades, Weinstein had also been a donor of the Clinton Foundation and the Democratic Party. According to The Daily Caller, he donated over $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation and gave $10,000 to Bill’s legal defense fund after he was impeached in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
It wasn’t until six days after allegations surfaced that Hillary Clinton finally condemned their friend in an interview with CNN.
“I was just sick. I was shocked. I was appalled. It was just something that was intolerable in every way,” she said.
In that same interview, Clinton said she considered Weinstein a “friend” before the allegations. Further, both Hillary and Bill had claimed to have no prior knowledge about their accused serial-rapist friend before the New York Times article exposed him.
However, damning evidence from before the 2016 election seems to prove the Clintons had been warned, on numerous occasions, about Weinstein’s disturbing sexual misconduct.
In 2016, actress Lena Dunham said she told the deputy communications director of the campaign that “Harvey’s a rapist.”
“I just want to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist, and this is going to come out at some point,” Dunham said she told Kristina Schake. “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.”
But apparently, that warning wasn’t enough for the Clintons to sever ties with Weinstein. Newly-surfaced photos of the pair, their spouses and a Weinstein’s lawyer enjoying dinner together in December 2016 suggests that the Clintons were simply continuing to ignore something they’d been ignoring for years.
The group was allegedly discussing a potential documentary about Hillary’s election loss to Donald Trump.
After the accusations wen public, talks of the documentary naturally came to a screeching halt. The Clintons continue to deny knowing anything about Harvey’s actions over the years and denounce his inexcusable behavior. With allegations of rape and criminal sex acts from over 80 women, Weinstein is now facing life in prison.
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