Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Lena Dunham, Tina Brown: We Warned Hillary Clinton's Campaign About Harvey Weinstein

Lena Dunham, Tina Brown: We Warned Hillary Clinton's Campaign About Harvey Weinstein

What was in the report?

On Tuesday, The New York Times served up a blistering new dive into how disgraced movie exec Harvey Weinstein used his powerful connections and an elaborate web of complicity to hide his history of sexual assault. Paltrow, who insisted she rebuffed his advances, said he would boast about having sex with her in an attempt to coerce others.

Weinstein gave money to Bill Clinton's 1998 legal defense during his impeachment trial, and had been working on a documentary about Hillary Clinton's 2016 election loss up until his scandal broke, according to the Times.

Also named in the suit - which alleges the board members knew about Harvey's "predatory behavior" and took no action - are other former and current board members Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Tim Sarnoff, Tarak Ben Ammar, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Jeff Sackman.

"This is Harvey Weinstein University, and I decide if you graduate", Rehal says he told her and the other employees to frighten them into obedience.

Apart from that, the article largely expands on what has emerged over the past few months: that Weinstein got people to dig up dirt on women who might report his misconduct, and that his business associates regularly suppressed information on his behalf and tolerated his behavior.

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Based on stories she had heard about Weinstein's "sleaziness with women", Brown said she also warned Clinton's inner circle about him back in 2008.

"I just want you to let you know that Harvey's a rapist and this is going to come out at some point", actress and writer Lena Dunham reports telling Kristina Schake, the Clinton campaign's deputy communications director, in 2016.

Though Clinton said she was "shocked and appalled" by the revelations about Weinstein, who she had known for decades, Dunham and Brown both said they told her campaign to distance herself from the producer.

Dunham also claimed she told Clinton spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod, but that she doesn't think Clinton ever received her warning.

Dunham was apparently "troubled" by Weinstein's presence at Clinton presidential campaign events.

Schake and Elrod denied to the Times any knowledge that Dunham discussed rape. But the model's spokesperson said that she "never sought out or solicited any offers". "That's something staff wouldn't forget", Clinton's communications director, Nick Merrill, tells the Times.

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