Hillary Clinton on Tuesday broke her silence on the sexual-harassment accusations against the film producer Harvey Weinstein.
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, said in a statement. “The behaviour described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behaviour.”
Clinton has been the beneficiary of more than $US26,000 in contributions from Weinstein, a major Democratic Party donor, since her initial Senate run in 2000, according to the Federal Election Commission.
On Thursday, The New York Times detailed decades of sexual-harassment allegations against Weinstein, including that he pressured younger women into giving him massages and asked them to watch him bathe.
Weinstein was fired on Sunday from the movie-production company bearing his name, The Weinstein Company.
On Tuesday, The New Yorker published a report in which three women accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting them. The magazine also published audio in which the movie mogul acknowledged he had groped a woman.
Democrats quickly began facing pressure about their donations from Weinstein. Already, many prominent Democrats have donated the equivalent in contributions from Weinstein to charity. But Clinton, along with President Barack Obama, had not addressed the scandal nor said what would happen with Weinstein’s donations.
Clinton spoke for roughly 90 minutes Monday night but did not mention the controversy.
When asked in an interview with CNN on Tuesday about whether Clinton would return the contributions, Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, said the campaign was over and called the allegations “lowlife behaviour” and “unacceptable.”
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