Hillary Clinton praised the women who have come forward against Harvey Weinstein in an official statement on Tuesday, five days after the New York Times published a bombshell report citing multiple sexual harassment accusations.
The statement was also released hours after the New Yorker published a second explosive report in which three women accuse the media mogul of rape.
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Clinton said in the statement. “The behavior described by the women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”
Following the initial accounts recorded in the Times, including two on the record from Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd, many others in Hollywood have come forward to either denounce Weinstein, confess to having heard rumors of similar events to those described in the report, or come forward with their own story. Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow both detailed accounts of Weinstein harassing them to the Times in a report published on Tuesday.
In addition to his status in the entertainment industry as the co-founder of Miramax, and co-chair of the Weinstein Company — that is, until he was recently fired after the harassment allegations were reported — Weinstein is also known as a supporter and donor to many political campaigns in the Democratic Party. He was an outspoken advocate of Clinton, as well as former President Barack Obama, who released a statement later on Tuesday.
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Weinstein’s brother, Bob Weinstein, and the company’s chief operating officer, David Glasser, are leading the studio following his ouster. They plan to rename the company.