Several women have come forward to accuse Hollywood filmmaker Harvey Weinstein of rape and sexual assault, and his donations to Bill Clinton’s legal defense amid accusations of sexual assault against the former president prove he has a history of defending fellow predators.
Weinstein came to the former president’s aid when three women came forward to accuse Clinton of rape, sexual harassment, and sexual assault: Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Paula Jones.
After Clinton lied to the American people about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, and Jones filed a federal lawsuit accusing Clinton of exposing himself to her and sexual harassment, Weinstein and several other Hollywood actors and filmmakers came forward to donate to Clinton’s legal defense.
In August 1998, the Washington Post reported:
The meeting has become a central focus of independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr’s investigation into whether Clinton committed perjury or obstruction of justice in the Paula Jones civil lawsuit. The president’s lawyers believe that his presents to Lewinsky that day demonstrate that he did not instruct her to return other gifts to his secretary rather than comply with the Jones subpoena for them, the sources said […]
Hollywood was quick to come to the president’s aid. Among the 62 donors giving the maximum $10,000 were performers and directors such as Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Michael Douglas, Ron Howard, Norman Lear, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw-Spielberg as well as studio executives Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Harvey Weinstein and Bud Yorkin.
“We believe that no first family should face such a horrendous financial burden while trying to carry out the work which the American people elected him to do,” said David Pryor, the former Democratic senator and Clinton friend from Arkansas who founded the legal fund.
Paula Jones says a Clinton bodyguard escorted her to a room at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock, where Clinton took his pants down and asked for sexual favors.
Weinstein was among the Hollywood elites who gave the maximum donation of $10,000 in Clinton’s defense.
As Weinstein’s own history of sexual assault becomes apparent, it’s easy to understand why he’d be so quick to defend Clinton for such a heinous act. It also helps explain why Hillary Clinton was so slow to condemn Weinstein.
Fox News reports:
The detail gives a fuller picture of the longstanding financial relationship between the former first family and one of their best West Coast fundraisers. That relationship has been under the microscope after Hillary Clinton came under criticism for waiting five days to condemn Weinstein.
In eventually saying she was “shocked and appalled” by the allegations against the producer, Clinton said in a CNN interview that she would donate Weinstein’s political contributions to charity, as other Democratic beneficiaries have done. Weinstein’s contributions to her various campaigns, as well as a political committee she used to support other Democrats and a joint fund with the DNC in 2016, total more than $46,000.
Hillary Clinton, though, moved to shift the focus during a BBC interview that aired Friday, bringing up allegations against President Trump – a move that inadvertently brought up her husband’s past.
“This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated anywhere, whether it’s in entertainment, politics,” Clinton said. “After all, we have someone admitting to being a sexual assaulter in the Oval Office.”
The BBC’s Andrew Marr responded by pointing out that Clinton has dismissed allegations made by women against her husband.
“That has all been litigated,” Clinton replied. “That was subject of a huge investigation in the late ’90s and there were conclusions drawn. That was clearly in the past.”
Hillary says the allegations of rape and assault against her husband are different from Donald Trump’s lewd comments recorded on a 2005 Hollywood Access tape because the charges against her husband are “in the past” and had been litigated.
Hollywood figures are no stranger to sexual assault, and several of them, in donating to Clinton’s legal defense, prove to have a long history of enabling and condoning predatory behavior.