At long last, Hillary Clinton has come out of the closet regarding the recent revelations about her big donor (and major Hollywood player and producer) Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault.
She didn’t have much to say, though, as she offered up only three short sentences via a statement released, not by herself, but by one of her aides.
Statement from Secretary Clinton on Harvey Weinstein: pic.twitter.com/L1l2wl9l0I
— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) October 10, 2017
I admire Hillary Clinton’s courage to have her press sec. tweet that out instead of herself.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 10, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 10, 2017
Weinstein has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation over the years, as well as coordinated extravagant fundraisers that brought millions of dollars of revenues to the Clinton camp.
And it’s not that Hillary has been busy doing something else, like walking around in the woods. She’s currently making very public appearances in order to promote her book. But apparently it took days for her to figure out what to say about a man who has been accused of rape.
According to Deadline.com, “Sixteen former and current executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies [said] that they witnessed or had knowledge of unwanted sexual advances and touching at events associated with Weinstein’s films and in the workplace. They and others describe a pattern of professional meetings that were little more than thin pretexts for sexual advances on young actresses and models. All sixteen said that the behavior was widely known within both Miramax and the Weinstein Company. Messages sent by Irwin Reiter, a senior company executive, to Emily Nestor, one of the women who alleged that she was harassed at the company, described the “mistreatment of women” as a serial problem that the Weinstein Company was struggling with in recent years. Other employees described what was, in essence, a culture of complicity at Weinstein’s places of business, with numerous people throughout the companies fully aware of his behavior but either abetting it or looking the other way. Some employees said that they were enlisted in subterfuge to make the victims feel safe. A female executive with the company described how Weinstein assistants and others served as a “honeypot”—they would initially join a meeting, but then Weinstein would dismiss them, leaving him alone with the woman.”
Wow. How could it take weeks to release a statement about this atrocious and criminal behavior? Well, for Hillary it was probably more about how to not upset her donor, rather than standing up for other women.