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Lena Dunham Says She Warned Hillary Clinton About Harvey Weinstein

Lena Dunham Says She Warned Hillary Clinton About Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein's reach extended to journalism and politics, and he bragged that he had access to the US president and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, among others; Lena Dunham said she told members of Hillary Clinton's campaign not to allow Weinstein to be involved because of Hollywood's "open secret". "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.

"I think it's a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it's an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault", she reportedly added.

Harvey Weinstein was discussing a new documentary TV show with Hillary Clinton's team the month before he was exposed as an alleged serial sexual predator-and despite her team having been warned about him-according to a new report. Only [Dunham] can answer why she would tell them instead of those who could stop him. Dunham also voiced her concerns to Adrienne Elrod, the Clinton spokeswoman leading efforts with celebrity campaigners.

It also shows Weinstein called in favors among friends in the tabloid press, such as The National Enquirer, to run hit pieces on his potential accusers.

Did anyone in Clinton's campaign respond to Dunham's comments?

It appears that their warnings went unheeded because Weinstein helped organize a star-packed fundraiser for Clinton weeks before the election: an evening on Broadway with Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway and others.




Notice the careful wording of this response from the Clinton campaign: "Ms. Elrod and Ms. Schake, through Mrs. Clinton's communications director, denied that Ms. Dunham mentioned rape, while [Robby] Mook said that no one had ever alerted him about the producer".

"I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein", Clinton's statement said.

Weinstein's career in Hollywood was destroyed after reports came forward accusing him of intimidating, sexually harassing and abusing women for decades.

Clinton's campaign claimed they were "shocked" by the allegations and that the campaign's staff "wouldn't forget" such a warning.

A week later, the Times published its bombshell report on Weinstein's alleged misconduct.