Lena Dunham claims that she warned Hillary Clinton’s communications director about Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour, the New York Times reported in an exposé that includes new details about the lengths Weinstein went to coverup his alleged behaviour.
The details led the powerful Hollywood talent agency C.A.A. to apologize for its role in the scandal.
Dunham told the Times that when she worked with the Clinton presidential campaign last year, she tried to warn them about rape allegations against the mogul. Dunham said she also told Clinton spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod about Weinstein.
“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, the campaign’s deputy communications director.
“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.”
Magazine editor Tina Brown also said she cautioned the Clinton campaign about Weinstein.
Representatives for Dunham didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday. Clinton’s communications director Nick Merrill told the paper that “only [Dunham] can answer why she would tell them instead of those who could stop him.”
Weinstein was a significant contributor to Democratic candidates and helped fundraise for Clinton.
“He remains deeply apologetic”
Weinstein attorneys Blair Berk and Ben Brafman reiterated Weinstein’s denials in a statement Wednesday.
“Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behaviour or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct,” said the attorneys.
“There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred. Nonetheless, to those offended by Mr. Weinstein’s behaviour, he remains deeply apologetic.”
A Weinstein spokesperson said the producer also contributed to Republican candidates, including former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and said Weinstein had never had…