Hillary Clinton said Wednesday in an interview with CNN that she was “sick” and “surprised” when she learned of charges of sexual misconduct against Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein, a longtime donor, and added that she would distribute her contributions. to clarity.
“I was dismayed,” Clinton said of the charges. “It was something that was intolerable from all points of view, and you know, like many people who spoke, it was a different side of a person than I and many others the past.
Speaking to Fareed Zakaria as part of his ongoing tour, the former Democratic presidential candidate admitted that he “probably” would have called Weinstein as a friend before learning of his alleged misconduct.
“People in democratic politics for some decades have appreciated their help and support,” he said. “And I believe that these stories that are being revealed now, and people who have never spoken before having the courage to speak, simply demonstrate that this behavior they have committed can not be tolerated.
With regard to Weinstein’s donations, Clinton said it was not possible to return the money, but would give it to charity. “What other people say, what my former colleagues say is that they are going to give to charities, and of course I will,” he said. “I give 10% of my income to charity every year, that will be part of that. There is no – there is no doubt about it.”
Clinton first denounced Weinstein’s alleged misconduct in a statement Tuesday. Other prominent Democrats who repudiated Weinstein include Barack and Michelle Obama, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Patrick Leahy and Elizabeth Warren.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women in recent days, beginning with a New York Times article that exploded, citing “decades of harassment” and compounded by an explosive investigation in New York.
Over the weekend, he was fired from the Weinstein Co., which he co-founded. Weinstein denied any allegations of non-consensual sex, as well as acts of reprisal against women for rejecting their advances.