Harvey Weinstein, a famed producer in Hollywood, as well as a “mega-donor” to the DNC may have been involved in as many as eight separate sexual harassment lawsuits according to an expose by The New York Times.
NYT says Weinstein has a history of strange behavior which includes offering to boosts careers for actresses in exchange for “favors”.
In at least one case, a female employee says Weinstein “badgered” her into allowing him to give her a naked massage, leaving her “crying” and “distraught.” In another, Weinstein reportedly told a female colleague to meet him for breakfast at a hotel, but then redirected her to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked her to watch him shower.
These encounters – which included “unwanted physical contact” – led to several lawsuits, and Weinstein has settled at least eight of those over the course of three decades, stretching all the way back to 1990, but as recently as 2015.
Weinstein’s Hillary Clinton donations stretch back almost as far as his history of being a total creep; according to Open Secrets, Weinstein has been funding Clinton’s various endeavors since 1999, when she was first the junior Senator from New York. Before then, he donated generously to her husband Bill’s Presidential campaign, and when he reached his limits, he often hosted star-studded fundraisers, where he would help bundle other celebrities’ cash.
The Hollywood producer was so enamored with Barack Obama he called him the Paul Newman of American politics, as he cut checks for thousands of dollars to Obama’s election and re-election victory funds. Obama returned Weinstein’s love, once calling the director “amazing” at a DNC fundraiser. The two are so close now that a former Obama aide, Anita Dunn,hunkered down with Weinstein and his top advisers ahead of the New York Times’s scoop