In 2013, former First Lady Michelle Obama praised Harvey Weinstein, now accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, saying he was a “wonderful human being.”
Mrs. Obama knows well to be nice to the Dem donors, of which Weinstein is one. Weinstein has donated over $700,000 to Democrats since the early 2000s and has hosted fundraisers for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
On Thursday, The New York Times reported Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, who claim he made moves toward unwanted contact and inappropriate remarks. The report states the movie mogul has reached eight different settlements with women.
Hosting a Careers in Film symposium in November of 2013, Michelle Obama had only positive things to say about the now known sex abuser.
“I want to start by thanking Harvey Weinstein for organizing this amazing day,” she said. “Harvey … this is possible because of Harvey. He is a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse. And the fact that he and his team took the time to make this happen for all of you should say something not about me or about this place, but about you.”
Harvey’s statement on the allegations to The New York Times seemed to acknowledge an almost uncontrollable inner tendency toward harassment.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go,” Weinstein said.
Former Obama aide Tommy Vietor tweeted Thursday that Weinstein “has been a well-known scumbag for a long time.”
Weinstein made 13 trips to the White House during the Obama administration, and Obama’s daughter Malia did an internship under him earlier this year.
“We always knew that guy who visited our WH several times is a scumbag. Enjoy your internship Malia” https://t.co/knnwtm42Su
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 6, 2017
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) October 6, 2017
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