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Alleged Rapist Weinstein Helped Bill Clinton Survive His Sex Scandal

Harvey Weinstein, the film producer under fire for alleged sexual harassment, came to the aid of Bill Clinton when the former president faced similar accusations.

The Daily Mail reported that in 1998, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Weinstein gave Clinton $10,000 to help pay his legal fees. The contribution was part of $2.2 million that Hollywood celebrities forked over to the president. The donors included Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen and Barbra Streisand. Clinton was impeached because he falsely stated, under oath: “I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false.” The president remained in office because the Senate did not convict him.

Bill Clinton is not the only member of his family with connections to Weinstein. The producer was the host at a 2000 birthday party for Hillary Clinton. He “bundled” large donations to her campaign for U.S. Senate. Weinstein was seen with the Clintons on a number of occasions, including the December 2008 screening of his movie “Shakespeare in Love.” Hillary Clinton denies that she knew about any sexual indiscretions involving the producer. When the scandal broke last week, she claimed to be “shocked.”

Weinstein is one of several famous, powerful men who have been accused of sexual abuse in recent years. Fox News founder Roger Ailes resigned in 2015 after many of the network’s female employees said he had harassed them. Fox’s Bill O’Reilly later lost his job due to such allegations. Comedian Bill Cosby faced criminal charges for allegedly drugging and raping women. A few weeks before last year’s presidential election, the release of a 2005 “Hollywood Access” audiotape rocked Donald Trump’s campaign. In the recording, the real-estate mogul and reality-show host could be heard boasting about having assaulted various women.

According to The New York Times, the Weinstein story is even bigger because his accusers include A-list Hollywood celebrities such as Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. Actresses Rose McGowan and Asia Argento claim the producer raped them during encounters in hotel rooms in 1997. More than 40 other women have come forward with accounts of alleged sexual harassment or assault. Among them are the singer Bjork, actress Lili Reinhart and reporter Lisa Guerrero. “I think this is a watershed moment,” producer Gail Berman told the Times.

Social media are buzzing with the hashtag #MeToo, which victims of abuse are using to express their support for Weinstein’s accusers. Actress Alyssa Milano told her Twitter followers: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”

Others citing the hashtag have included singer Lady Gaga; actresses Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin and Evan Rachel Wood; and poet Najwa Zebian. More than 500,000 people spread the “me too” message in the 24 hours following its first appearance in social media. “The democratization of the spread of information can finally move faster than a powerful media mogul’s attempts to bury it,” movie director Kathryn Bigelow said.

Source: MailOnline
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