Over the last few decades, one of the darkest elements that has surrounded the Democratic Party has been sexual scandals, whether in the form of a prominent politician, such as Anthony Weiner, or just an important figure associated with them. Recently, another case surprisingly came out as the New York Times reported that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been deeply involved in eight separate sexual harassment lawsuits.
Weinstein, who is one of the most important donors of the Democratic Party, got to the point of paying out millions in settlements over a span of decades. Naturally, this is always the most damaging detail in this kind of case, not only because it confirms in the worst way possible the crime that the person is accused of, but also because it shows how the despicable acts were committed for a long period of time.
The New York Times pointed out that Weinstein has a history of bizarre behavior, allegedly offering women who work for him a career boost just if they return the favor with sexual encounters.
Apparently, in at least one case, a female employee claimed that the Hollywood producer “badgered” her into allowing him to give her a naked massage, leaving her “crying” and “distraught.” Lamentably, this kind of situation is quite common in the entertainment industry, where many directors and producers take advantage of their power and influence in order to sexually harass anyone and get away with it.
Believe it or not, several reports revealed that some of the most common victims in this grotesque spiral are children and young actors. In fact, Elijah Wood –who starred as Frodo Baggins in The Lord Of The Rings- revealed in a controversial interview in 2016 that Hollywood has a deep “pedophilia problem.”
According to the newspaper, there was another situation where the Democratic donor reportedly told a female colleague to meet him for breakfast in a famous hotel, but then redirected her to his room. At this moment, he allegedly appeared in a bathrobe and asked her to watch him take a shower.
These kinds of encounters – which according to the victims included “unwanted physical contact- led to numerous lawsuits, and the producer has settled at least eight of those over the course of 30 years, stretching all the way to 1990, but as recently as 2015.
Far from being irrelevant news for the Democratic Party, this represents a terrible situation for figures like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who relied on Weinstein for thousands of dollars in campaign donations across their political careers.
Just in the last cycle, the Hollywood producer gave nearly $100,000 through a series of small-bore donations to both the Hillary Victory Fund as well as the most important left-leaning organizations supporting her campaign.
Apparently, his donations to Hillary Clinton stretch back almost as far as his history of being a sexual criminal. As reported by Open Secrets, the Democratic donor has been funding various endeavors of the former Secretary of State since 1999, when she was first the junior Senator from New York.
Before then, Weinstein donated generously to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, and when he reached his limits, he often hosted star-studded fundraisers, where he would help bundle the money of many other celebrities.
Believe it or not, Weinstein was so enamored with Obama that he literally called him the Paul Newman of politics, as he cut checks for thousands of dollars to the victory funds of Obama’s election and re-election. Far from ignoring his substantial contribution, the former President returned Weinstein’s love and described him as someone “amazing” at a DNC fundraisers.
As a matter of fact, Obama is so close to the sexual criminal that his former aide Anita Dunn hunkered down with the Hollywood producer and his most important advisers ahead of the Times’ scoop.
Soon after the Obama’s second term was finished, Weinstein generously offered his daughter Malia a job as an intern in the Weinstein Company’s New York officer. Of course, this offer now seems a lot sketchier considering that it’s known how he spent the last three decades allegedly preying on the young women who work for his businesses.
In addition to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, there are other prominent figures of the Democratic Party that are involved with Weinstein. These include New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Al Franken.
Apparently, the Hollywood producer was a routine donor to Schumer’s re-election campaigns and donated thousands to Franken’s Minnesota campaigns. While this is a monumental scandal that will definitely harm their images, don’t hold your breath waiting for any of these Democrats to give those donations back.