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Lena Dunham and Tina Brown Reportedly Warned Clinton Aides About Harvey Weinstein

06 December 2017

Even so, people spoke candidly about his alleged behavior prior to his public downfall: Lena Dunham, for example, told the Times that when she got involved with the Clinton presidential campaign previous year, she tried to warn staffers that Weinstein's proximity-including his presence at campaign events and fund-raising dinners he hosted-was potentially damaging, because she had heard stories about his alleged misconduct toward women. "Harvey's a rapist and this is going to come out at some point", Dunham recalls telling Clinton's deputy communications director Kristina Schake, whom Dunham says promised to inform campaign manager Robby Mook.

Months later, Dunham says she still has "an incredible allegiance to Hillary", and does not believe the reports ever traveled to Clinton, though she remains troubled by what had happened.

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Weinstein's career continued to thrive up until this past October, when the initial Times report about his alleged behavior was published.

Weinstein, who prominently advocated for Clinton's presidential bid by holding fundraisers and other public events, is now being investigated for multiple claims of sexual assault and rape.

Two weeks before the election, Weinstein organized a Broadway fundraiser for Clinton with celebrity guests including Julia Roberts, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hugh Jackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emily Blunt, Angela Bassett, Neil Patrick Harris and Helen Mirren.

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The article alleges that if Clinton did indeed receive this warning - or any others in the same vein - she didn't do anything about it. "To the extent AMI provided "off the record" information to Mr. Weinstein about his accusers", the company said in a statement, it did so "at a time when Mr. Weinstein was denying any harassment". "Mr. Weinstein has never had any discussion with any politician regarding claims of personal conduct".

Dunham, a vocal Clinton supporter, told The New York Times that she gave warnings about Weinstein to multiple Clinton aides, but her concerns seemed to go unheard. It's despicable behavior, and the women that have come forward have shown enormous courage.

"That's something staff wouldn't forget", Clinton's communications director, Nick Merrill, tells the Times.

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When Paltrow made her original allegation, she claimed she told Brad Pitt, her then-boyfriend, about the alleged encounter and he confronted Weinstein, who subsequently "screamed" at her for a long time, making her think she would be fired from Emma. Pecker is also good friends with President Donald Trump, and both Weinstein and Trump were known in the tabloid industry as untouchable "F.O.P's", the Times said.

Lena Dunham and Tina Brown Reportedly Warned Clinton Aides About Harvey Weinstein