Hillary Clinton said she was “appalled” and “shocked” by the allegations made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein regarding sexual harassment and assault. She added that the money Weinstein contributed to her campaign would be donated to charity.
“I give 10 percent of my income to charity every year. This will be part of that,” Clinton said in an interview on Wednesday.
In the past few days, other Democrats were also asked by numerous Republicans to return the money they have received from Weinstein as political contributions. In response, several Democrats have already promised to donate any contributions to charity. In addition, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made a similar pledge to give away money they have been given by Weinstein.
Following the sexual harassment reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker, Clinton expressed her disgust at the accusations.
“I was appalled. It was something that was just intolerable in every way,” Clinton said in the interview. She also applauded women who spoke out against the Hollywood movie mogul for their bravery.
“The courage of these women coming forward now is really important because it can’t just end with one person’s disgraceful behavior and the consequences that he is now facing,” continued Clinton.
However, she was criticized for her delayed rebuke of the movie producer which came five days after the initial reports. In a statement the Obamas issued on Tuesday, they, too, said they were “disgusted” by these reports. Joe Biden joined, describing Weinstein’s behavior as “immoral and inexcusable.”
Since the allegations first came to light, Weinstein has been fired from Weinstein Co. The producer apologized for his behavior, but maintained the accusations of non-consensual sex made against him were not true.