Clin­ton draws com­par­isons between Trump and We­in­stein

Irish Independent - - World News - Joe Nersses­sian

FOR­MER US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton has drawn com­par­isons between Har­vey We­in­stein and Don­ald Trump.

The politi­cian, who has pre­vi­ously re­ceived cam­paign fund­ing from We­in­stein, called rape and sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions fac­ing the movie mogul “heart­break­ing”.

She told the BBC’s An­drew Marr: “I re­ally com­mend the women who have been will­ing to step for­ward now and tell their sto­ries.

“It’s im­por­tant that we not just fo­cus on him and what­ever con­se­quences flow from th­ese sto­ries about his be­hav­iour but that we recog­nise this kind of be­hav­iour can­not be tol­er­ated any­where, whether it’s in en­ter­tain­men or pol­i­tics,” she said, adding: “Af­ter all, we have some­one ad­mit­ting to be a sex­ual as­saulter in the Oval Of­fice.”

Her com­ments re­gard­ing Pres­i­dent Trump were in re­sponse to a leaked tape which sur­faced dur­ing his cam­paign. In the footage, which was recorded in 2005, he was over­heard mak­ing crude com­ments about a mar­ried wo­man.

Mrs Clin­ton, who is in the UK pro­mot­ing her mem­oirs which doc­u­ment her shock de­feat in the US elec­tion, said: “There has to be a recog­ni­tion that we must stand against this kind of ac­tion that is so sex­ist and misog­y­nis­tic.

“It is some­thing that has to be taken se­ri­ously, for any­one not just in en­ter­tain­ment. The re­ally sad part of the cam­paign was how this hor­rific tape, what he said about women in the past, what he said about women dur­ing the cam­paign, was dis­counted by a lot of vot­ers.”

Asked if she be­lieved Mr Trump and We­in­stein were sim­i­lar, she said: “I’m not a psy­chol­o­gist, I can’t draw that con­clu­sion. There are cred­i­ble re­ports from women about both that sound very sim­i­lar.”

Asked about three re­ports of sex­ual mis­con­duct against her hus­band and for­mer pres­i­dent, Bill Clin­ton, she said: “That had all been lit­i­gated. That was sub­ject of a huge in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the late ‘ 90s and there were con­clu­sions drawn. That was clearly in the past.”

We­in­stein’s spokes­woman Sal­lie Hofmeis­ter has said: “Any al­le­ga­tions of non-con­sen­sual sex are un­equiv­o­cally de­nied by Mr We­in­stein.”

Mean­while, the head of Ama­zon Stu­dios, Roy Price, has been placed on an im­me­di­ate leave of ab­sence fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions he ha­rassed a pro­ducer and ig­nored an ac­tress’s claim of a sex­ual as­sault by We­in­stein.

The ‘Hol­ly­wood Re­porter’ re­ported an al­le­ga­tion by Isa Hack­ett, a pro­ducer on one of Ama­zon’s shows, that Mr Price had lewdly propo­si­tioned her in 2015.

The news came af­ter the Amer­i­can ac­tress Rose Mc­Gowan stated more frankly what she has long sug­gested: “HW raped me.” “HW” was ap­par­ently in ref­er­ence to Har­vey We­in­stein.

In a se­ries of tweets, Ms Mc­Gowan ad­dressed Ama­zon chief Jeff Be­zos and said that she re­peat­edly told an Ama­zon Stu­dios ex­ec­u­tive that “HW raped me”.

In sub­se­quent tweets, Ms Mc­Gowan ap­peared to sug­gest that Ama­zon Stu­dios, which is over­seen by Mr Price, pre­vi­ously dropped a project penned by Ms Mc­Gowan af­ter she in­sisted Mr We­in­stein not be in­volved.

The ‘New York Times’ ear­lier re­ported that Mr We­in­stein paid a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment of $100,000 (€84,000) to Ms Mc­Gowan in 1997 over an in­ci­dent in a ho­tel room.

Yes­ter­day it emerged that the Metropoli­tan Po­lice has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims made against Mr We­in­stein by a wo­man un­der­stood to be now liv­ing in the Liver­pool area.

The al­leged as­sault took place in Lon­don dur­ing the 1980s and is the first to be re­ported to po­lice in the UK since claims emerged last week that Mr We­in­stein sex­u­ally as­saulted and ha­rassed a string of Hol­ly­wood ac­tresses.

Mean­while, Myleene Klass was propo­si­tioned by Har­vey We­in­stein when she met him in Cannes in 2010, friends al­lege.

A friend said she thought she was meet­ing We­in­stein to dis­cuss work, but left the lunch feel­ing “dis­gusted and an­gry” and as soon as she found out what he al­legedly wanted, she told him to “f *** off ”.

Klass has pre­vi­ously been re­ported as say­ing she had a story which would “bring Hol­ly­wood down” if it got out.

“A newly-mar­ried Hol­ly­wood star asked me to sign some kind of sex con­tract with him. I just thought: ‘Mate, which planet are you from?’

“I was like: ‘Bug­ger, I’ve got main and dessert to go – I’m stuck here.’

“Then his PA came over with a con­fi­den­tial­ity con­tract. I just thought: ‘Oh my God, your poor wife.’ I don’t want to be a mar­riagewrecker.”

Hil­lary Clin­ton: ‘Sex­ual as­saulter in the Oval Of­fice’

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