Lena Durham: Hillary Clinton Helped Harvey Weinstein Cover Up His Rapes
Actor says she warned Clinton, but she chose to help him cover it up
Actor Lena Durham has claimed that she warned Hillary Clinton that Harvey Weinstein was a rapist during her 2016 presidential election campaign, but she chose to help him cover up his crimes.
Durham was a prominent supporter of Clinton's campaign and says that she told several high-level aids that the disgraced Hollywood mogul, and major DNC backer, was a serial rapist and that allegations would soon go public.
She told the New York Times that she told two members of the Democratic nominee’s campaign staff, along with Clinton herself, about alleged sexual misconduct by Weinstein, but they covered up the information instead of acting on it.
The Girls star said she was concerned about the producer’s involvement in Clinton’s campaign, who has since been accused of sexual assault and rape by over 90 women.
She said that after warning campaign heads that Weinstein was a sexual predator, they decided it was better to keep the information hidden so it didn't affect the campaign and described knowledge of his rapes as "an open secret" among staffers.
“I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point,” Dunham claims she told the Clinton campaign’s deputy communications director, Kristina Schake.
“I think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fundraisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault.”
According to the Times, Dunham also claims she warned Clinton’s campaign spokesperson Adrienne Elrod, who organized events with celebrity campaigners, about Weinstein’s behavior.
She says that, as far as she was aware, the Clinton campaign did not respond to her concerns about Weinstein.
Another prominent Clinton supporter, former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown warned a member of Clinton’s team about Weinstein as early as 2008, according to the Times.
“I was hearing that Harvey’s sleaziness with women had escalated since I left Talk in 2002 and she was unwise to be so closely associated with him,” Brown said.
The Times report claims that Weinstein had a network of enablers who assisted him in covering up allegations of sexual abuse, including agents, personal assistants, and tabloid journalists.
The report also includes new allegations of sexual misconduct by the producer, including claims that he made “unwelcome advances” towards two women at this year’s Toronto film festival, despite being aware that reporters were working on reports about his behavior.
Weinstein is the subject of criminal cases in New York, London, and Los Angeles.
The producer is reportedly the subject of several civil suits made by women in the UK and the US.
A spokesperson for Weinstein says that the producer denies “any allegations of non-consensual sex” made against him.